Vir­gin re­jigs in­ter­na­tional routes to meet de­mand

Travel Bulletin - - STATE OF THE INDUSTRY -

Vir­gin Aus­tralia is mak­ing the most of its al­liance with Eti­had Air­ways, with the car­ri­ers op­ti­mis­ing their in­ter­na­tional net­works out of Aus­tralia to ac­cess new mar­kets. Last month Vir­gin an­nounced the launch of thrice weekly flights be­tween Perth and Abu Dhabi – the first long haul op­er­a­tions to be flown by the VA fleet of A330 air­craft. At the same time,

Vir­gin is pulling out of the Syd­ney-abu Dhabi mar­ket, redi­rect­ing the 777s used to op­er­ate that route to a new Mel­bourne-los An­ge­les op­er­a­tion. VA’S Bris­bane-los An­ge­les flights will re­duce to six weekly, while Eti­had will re­place VA’S thrice weekly SYD-AUH ser­vices with its own metal, main­tain­ing the route as a dou­ble daily op­er­a­tion. The move re­flects on­go­ing strong de­mand for travel to the USA, en­abling VA to of­fer flights from all three east coast cap­i­tals of Syd­ney, Mel­bourne and Bris­bane to Los An­ge­les. At the same time Eti­had’s ex­ist­ing Perth-abu Dhabi route will be bol­stered by the ex­tra VA fre­quen­cies – si­mul­ta­ne­ously giv­ing ad­di­tional op­tions for Western Aus­tralian pas­sen­gers to travel to the USA via Abu Dhabi which of­fers a con­ve­nient pre-clear­ance op­tion.

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