Virgin Australia boosts flights to Bali

Virgin Australia boosts flights to Bali

Virgin Australia is adding an extra six flights per week from Australia’s east coast into Denpasar, Bali.

From 19 December 2013 there'll be one extra weekly service from Brisbane, two extra weekly services from Sydney plus three more from Melbourne.

Virgin Australia says the new flights "will be timed to complement existing services, and will add over 1,000 extra seats to Bali per week, providing even more choice to travellers."

The flights will run on Virgin Australia’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft with business and economy class with hot meals and a choice of drinks for all passengers – yes, even in the 'cheap seats'.

The airline says that by year's end, all flights to and from Bali will feature wireless streaming of video and music to a passenger's tablet, laptop and smartphone.

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David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

14 comments

  • LR

    LR

    7 Nov, 2013 12:07 pm

    urgh sorry but 6.5 hours in a domestic 737, not a fan.

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  • watson374

    watson374

    7 Nov, 2013 01:10 pm

    Yes, and to think the current ex-DPS services are red-eyes!

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  • AusFlyer

    AusFlyer

    7 Nov, 2013 04:03 pm

    Exactly!

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  • johnaboxall

    johnaboxall

    8 Nov, 2013 09:28 am

    +1, too long on narrow-body. DPS routes would be a good use for XFA and XFB, wear them out and get rid of them. :)

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  • Chris Tudehope

    Tuddy

    8 Nov, 2013 03:28 pm

    There's been a rumour doing the rounds to that effect for the last few months saying it would either be extra flights or putting A and B on the DPS flights (before a full refurb) over the Christmas period. It appears they went for extra flights.

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  • AussieGuest

    AussieGuest

    7 Nov, 2013 11:22 pm

    My girlfriend booked a trip to Bali and I flew VA Brisbane-Denpasar return last year. I'm a fan of Virgin Australia, but this is way too long a sector for a domestic 737-800.  Never again, sorry Virgin. 

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  • smit0847

    smit0847

    8 Nov, 2013 10:28 am

    Agree - far too long for a 737. Even in J, the thought of an overnight flight home in a 737 terrifies me. I once did HKT-PER on a VA 737 - never again.

    The A330s would be perfect for this. 

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  • johnnysfo

    johnnysfo

    9 Nov, 2013 07:08 am

    The people have spoken Virign Australia, take note and do something about it;-)

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  • abudhabi1

    abudhabi1

    9 Nov, 2013 08:56 am

    No Thanks for me.I did the service years ago when Qantas flew them outbound 767 SYD-DPS and returning on a 747 DPS-SYD nice and comfortable.If that service still existed with a good domestic connection and I am from Adelaide I would happily take it but the same sector on a 737 VA you can forget it.I'll fly SQ via Singapore or VA TO Mel and Take GARUDA instead if I was to return to Bali.

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  • Alvin Tse

    074061

    11 Nov, 2013 01:59 am

    Hey, just thinking. As possibly the best 737-800s in the market, why will a 6 hour flight be so much to complain about? Yes, business class is below standards for such a flight, but at least the seats have PTVs (well, as tablets, but still)!

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  • watson374

    watson374

    12 Nov, 2013 01:17 am

    It's a six-hour red-eye flight in a recliner with no footrest.

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  • Alvin Tse

    074061

    12 Nov, 2013 10:24 am

    Yes, business is below standard, but economy...?

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  • watson374

    watson374

    12 Nov, 2013 04:20 pm

    Well, it's a 737, with narrow economy seats and all. It's not specially configured for international use either, effectively being a domestic aircraft with minimal pitch and all.

    Garuda offers much better flights to DPS and CGK.

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  • Nerida

    Nerida

    7 Jan, 2015 02:39 pm

    We just returned on a Virgin flight from Phuket to Perth and I must say NEVER AGAIN, this was a substandard service all round, no pillows, no blankets, you had to pay for spirit drinks, not to mention the small plane that made you feel like being squished into a sardine can.

    Virgin the 737 800 is not what your customers expect on an international flight, listen to the people as I will be letting others know to be careful as we were not made aware when booking.

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