Chance of a Virgin Australia international lounge

By djtech | Sep 22, 2018, 11:24 PM
Hi all,

Given that va has been developing its lounge network throughout domestic networks, its noticeably absent from the international terminals relying on partners lounges. Now they have flights to HK and lax should they open an official international lounge at major Australian airports and maybe at lax and HK? What are your thoughts?
Poll: Should they open an international lounge?
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By Andrew Barkery | Sep 23, 2018, 12:27 AM
I would say it would cost too much for VA to do their own lounge, from planning, to implementation to operations.
After all, their international footprint is not all that large, not as large as QF or NZ.
Go with PriorityPass I say, or Maharba.
Or pay NZ for premium guests to keep using NZ lounges, after all, its probably cheaper than opening lounges in all of Aust's international terminals for VA flights.
After all, if we choose to fly SQ as VA flyers, in premium class of J/F, we already get access to SQ's lounges.
But I don't work for VA, so all I am doing is speculating, which we all know is not the ideal.
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By John Phelan | Sep 23, 2018, 01:10 AM
Should they? Yes.

Will they? No.

Last edited by John Phelan at Sep 23, 2018, 01.11 AM.
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By alyopsis | Sep 23, 2018, 09:06 AM
With the vast bulk of VA’s operations being domestic, they should get the holes in their domestic lounge network plugged before starting with international lounges. As others have pointed out, there are usually other lounge options when flying internationally
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By DanV | Sep 23, 2018, 02:05 PM
At most VA could at least come to agreement with Etihad to co-brand the EY lounges in Sydney and Melbourne as joint EY/VA lounges.
Considering both EY and VA don't have large enough international operations to justify separate lounges on their own.

At times the EY lounges are VA staffed during VA int'l flights.
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By Pabs | Sep 23, 2018, 03:01 PM
Someone I know works for VA international Ops at an East coast airport and they mentioned VA might be building their own lounges
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By stmaus | Sep 24, 2018, 02:14 PM
At most VA could at least come to agreement with Etihad to co-brand the EY lounges in Sydney and Melbourne as joint EY/VA lounges.

That sounds like the most sensible option. But first, they need to do a deal with SQ to give VA status flyers (particularly WP) access to decent SQ lounges (when flying Y)!!!
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By mcglynp | Sep 24, 2018, 04:53 PM
It would be great if they looked to partner with Virgin Atlantic to reopen a joint "clubhouse" in Hong Kong.
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By djtech | Sep 24, 2018, 10:15 PM
It would be great if they looked to partner with Virgin Atlantic to reopen a joint "clubhouse" in Hong Kong.

At least Virgin Australia is using the much better Club Autus lounge with HK airlines instead of the contract Plaza Premium. But agree with what you guys said as partnering with airlines being the most economical option. Air New Zealand has a great network of lounges in Aus but doubt that would work out as they are cutting ties. Singapore airlines would be a good option with lounges at Aus airports so they can stop contracting inferior Plaza Premium and use the better SQ lounges. In Hong Kong, Club Autus I think is still pretty good. In LA, the Emirates arrangement is kind of weird but still very nice. Hope I will not be left lounge-less at LAX again, probably partnering with Delta LAX lounge or Singapore Star Alliance lounge if that happens.
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By andyf | Sep 27, 2018, 12:10 AM
Given their cash flow position, I doubt adding extra lounges is high on the list of priorities unless it is a real cost saver compared with using their partners lounges. Surely if they have capital to spend it would be on something more profit generating like aircraft - especially since their major partners already have lounges here, so its not like they can make money off lounge access for other airlines.
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By rencontre | Sep 27, 2018, 12:23 PM
LAX, hkg, Bali, 4 destinations in NZ and several in the Pacific....surely there is some justification for their own international lounge - in Sydney at least?
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By banana0692 | Oct 05, 2018, 12:15 AM
Surely if they have capital to spend it would be on something more profit generating like aircraft

Yeah while i'd enjoy having a VA branded Int' lounge network i'd love them to buy some more aircraft to open up some more/ interesting long haul international routes.
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