Virgin Australia kicks off new trans-Pacific route

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Virgin Australia's business class cabin
Virgin Australia’s business class cabin

Virgin Australia launched a new trans-Pacific route this week, flying direct between Melbourne and Los Angeles.

The inaugural service departed at 1130 on 4 April 2017 and landed at LAX at 0900. The return flight then departed at 2055 and arrived back in Melbourne at 0545 on Thursday morning.

The service will now run every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, aboard Virgin Australia’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which is equipped with 37 flat-bed seats and a bar in business class.

“Los Angeles and North America is an important market for us and through our partnership with Delta Air Lines, we offer passengers 25 return flights per week across the Pacific and remain the only trans-Pacific alliance to offer business class guests lie-flat beds with direct aisle access on all services,” said Virgin Australia’s group executive, John Thomas.

Delta will codeshare on the new route, and passengers of both airlines will be able to earn frequent flyer points.

This week, Travel Daily chatted to Virgin Australia’s chief executive, John Borghetti. CLICK HERE to read the interview.
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