Virgin Australia VA23 Melbourne-LA is 60% empty!

By ecbailey | Feb 06, 2019, 01:46 AM
Presently on this flight and it is a ghost town. Half of business and two thirds of PE is empty. Economy is the same.

What's going on? Subsequently the Wifi is great (and so is their product and crew).
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By Stephen D | Feb 06, 2019, 05:46 AM
VA1 is so full, it is often best going via Melbourne from Sydney to LAX in order to score an upgrade.
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By StuParr | Feb 06, 2019, 07:41 AM
End of school holiday period maybe?
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By aklrunway | Feb 06, 2019, 08:04 AM
February is historically where flights tend to be on the lighter side especially after school holidays and Christmas/New Year period and people return to work and school.
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By ChrisCh | Feb 06, 2019, 10:36 AM
February is historically where flights tend to be on the lighter side especially after school holidays and Christmas/New Year period and people return to work and school.

Indeed: I remember looking at Hong Kong-London flights for Valentine's Day a few years back, and Virgin Atlantic had no less than eight Upper Class (business class) seats open for booking using points - whereas I usually consider myself lucky to find two seats on the same flight.
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By mcglynp | Feb 06, 2019, 10:56 AM
And yet on the VA site there is not one single PE or Business reward seat available on MEL - LAX for the entire of Feb.
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By aussiflyer | Feb 06, 2019, 11:33 AM
And yet on the VA site there is not one single PE or Business reward seat available on MEL - LAX for the entire of Feb.

VA23 tomorrow is showing PE and J redeption available...
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By CityRail | Feb 06, 2019, 11:53 PM
February is historically where flights tend to be on the lighter side especially after school holidays and Christmas/New Year period and people return to work and school.

Indeed: I remember looking at Hong Kong-London flights for Valentine's Day a few years back, and Virgin Atlantic had no less than eight Upper Class (business class) seats open for booking using points - whereas I usually consider myself lucky to find two seats on the same flight.

ChrisCh, was that because Chinese New Year was in Early Feb/Late Jan?
If Chinese New Year is around Valentine's Day, flights will be severely full, especially via HKG.
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By ecbailey | Feb 07, 2019, 07:08 PM
Even the lounge was quiet, with maybe 20 people compared to the usual 50 or 60 from what the barista said.

Amusingly, their pricing to book a business class fare a couple weeks out was 3x what I paid, and over double what NZ wanted. Economy was being sold at sub $1k a couple weeks out by VA and QF as well. I wonder if QF is as empty as well?
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By Traveller14 | Feb 07, 2019, 08:37 PM
By May we'll know the answer because the government agency will have issued its monthly report, always with a time lag as it must collect lots of information from international airlines and airports.
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By Saab34 | Feb 09, 2019, 09:19 PM
Flew PE recently from Melbourne. Flight over only 3 of us in the whole cabin, was spewing would have saved the cash and gone economy x which had one person for each row! but coming back only 1 seat free in PE.
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By richard89 | Feb 18, 2019, 01:49 AM
Feb is very often a glut for airlines. When I was crew years ago I remember operating Sydney-Tonga on a 737 with 20 people onboard this time of year.
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By jch | Feb 23, 2019, 06:17 PM
Business award availability to LAX for almost every day next week from the east coast :)
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