Virgin Australia will upgrade its Melbourne-Perth 'Coast to Coast' flights into an exclusively Airbus 330-only service from September 21.
Virgin says that A330s will also continue to run on three out of four daily Sydney-Perth flights, while Brisbane-Perth will move to three weekday services operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft fitted with business class.
Virgin Australia will also upgrade in-flight service to include a hot meal and drinks (including alcohol, from midday) plus free inflight entertainment for all passengers – yes, even if you're travelling on the cheapest economy ticket – on transcontinental flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Perth, on both the A330s and 737s.
The move closes the gap between Virgin and Qantas in terms of offering 'full service' on the cross-country trek.
“Enhancing the travel experience from the East Coast to Perth is an important part of our strategy to become the airline of choice in Australia" said Merren McArthur, Virgin Australia's head of Alliances, Network and Yield.
“We have listened to our guests and we understand that consistency of product and services, a competitive schedule and inclusive catering and entertainment make a real difference on these longer journeys."
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