Review – Virgin Australia ‘Coast To Coast’ A330 Business Class

by Zac George
a seat in an airplane
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I’ve flown Virgin Australia’s new business suites a number of times now, but the only review of the product on the blog is the Sydney – Los Angeles flight I took last year. I was bored at home one day during the week, and I decided to book Both Virgin and Qantas Business Class to Perth and back and compare the two. Here is the review of Virgin Australia Business Class on the A330.

Boarding started 10 minutes before what was actually posted which meant as soon as I was onboard nearly all of the seats in Business were filled, and I don’t feel comfortable taking photos front on of people. So here is the 777 layout which is identical to the A330.

Virgin’s new Business Suites are B/E Super Diamonds which are in a 1-2-1 configuration both on the 330 and 777.

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Virgin Australia Business Class

As you get to your seat, you’ll receive a blanket, menus from the crew and a welcome drink either water, orange juice or champagne. On the transcontinental flights, you don’t receive amenity kits, even on the red-eye services.

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We took off on time and climbed to 32,000 feet.

a television on a table

Virgin Australia A330 Business Class

About 20 minutes after takeoff the meal service started. Virgin provide two dining menus, a full lunch and dinner selection and an Express menu which is for people who want to eat quickly and maximize rest.

a menu of a restaurant

a menu of a restaurant

Virgin’s B/E Super Diamond suite is excellent, spacious, comfortable and a great seat for long-haul international flights and domestic services. Virgin’s A330 currently operate the transcontinental services, and soon Hong Kong and Perth to Abu Dhabi.

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Virgin Australia A330 Business Class

The A330 have 20 Business suites, each laying flat at 180 degrees, with a pitch of 60 and a width of 19.5 inches.

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Virgin Australia Business Class

Just before the meal service started, the crew handed out bottles of chilled water.

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Virgin Australia Business Class


a screen on a table

Virgin Australia Business Class

Warm nuts and water were also offered before the main dining.

a bowl of nuts and a glass of water on a tray

Virgin Australia Business Class

Also, Virgin Australia has fantastic salt & pepper shakers in the shape of the Sydney Opera House.

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Opera House Salt and Pepper Shakers


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The flight was under-catered however, the crew prioritized meal selections based on elite status, as a Platinum I was given both of my first selections. I skipped the starter and went straight to the salmon filet which was fantastic.

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For dessert, I went with the lamington which was quite interesting.

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After dessert, I was still a little hungry, and the crew brought me a Lindt chocolate bar and hot chocolate. Too many calories…

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Lindt Chocolate


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Hot Chocolate

The flight was completely full, and I was a little surprised my upgrade cleared considering it was showing J3 when I rang and applied to use it.

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Virgin Australia Business Class

The A330 has a 16-inch screen whereas the 777’s is 18-inch, USB, and In-seat power.

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Virgin Australia Business Class

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On the left side of the suite, you’ll find the USB and In-seat Power, Headphone jack, IFE controller and below that you’ll find the seat controls.

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Virgin Australia Business Class


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Virgin Australia Business Class


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Virgin Australia Business Class

Above the storage options, there’s a compartment made for tablet storage.

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Virgin Australia Business Class

On the right side of the seat, you’ll find the compartment for the noise canceling headphones. The portion rises and creates a little more privacy. It has to be lowered for takeoff and landing but can be raised anytime in between.

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Virgin Australia Business Class

The overall flight time to Perth was just under 5 hours, and we arrived 10 minutes ahead of schedule.

a tv on a table in an airplane

Virgin Australia Business Class

Bottom Line

Virgin’s new suites are a fantastic product. I’m a massive fan of the hard product but what surprised me is the under-catering. I’ve never had a Virgin flight where that’s happened but it didn’t affect me. Some passengers were not happy with the situation and rightly so.


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1 comment

Misch July 28, 2017 - 10:48 am

Hi Zac,
A heads up; VA476 BNE-PER is the only direct flight being sold as “The Business” from Brisbane to Perth currently, however this is not actually a flatbed seat. I bought a ticket in May 2017, flying in July 2017. I purchased a “the Business” ticket and as I have to fly this route with some regularity know that VA is still selling this as “the business”. However the plane is a 737, I was informed at the lounge that no last minute plane changes had taken place and informed by the hostess that for 6 weeks she had been working this route and there had never been flatbeds.

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