Virgin Australia: daily Brisbane-Los Angeles flights from Sunday

Virgin Australia: daily Brisbane-Los Angeles flights from Sunday

Virgin Australia launches daily Brisbane-Los Angeles flights this weekend, giving Queensland-based travellers more choice and flexibility when heading to California and onwards to New York.

Boosted from four-times-weekly, the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft found on the route are kitted out with fully-flat beds in business class, along with economy and premium economy seats.

For a good night’s sleep, business class passengers on the 13-hour flight enjoy an evening linen service with a memory foam mattress atop the regular seat, along with a pillow and duvet:

Taking on Qantas’ own daily Boeing 747 flights – which have fully-flat A380-style Skybeds at the pointy end – Brisbane residents will see Virgin's new ‘business first’ seat on the LA route from early 2016.

(Those upgraded Boeing 777s will also see improvements to premium economy plus the launch of extra-legroom 'economy plus' seats.)

From Brisbane, VA7 leaves the Sunshine State at 10:15am to reach Los Angeles at 6:30am on the same day.

On the return, VA8 takes to the skies at 11:20pm each day for a morning arrival in Brisbane at 6:25am two calendar days later.

To make way for the Brisbane boost, Virgin Australia’s Melbourne-Los Angeles flights will cease from Sunday – just two days before United Airlines’ inaugural flight on the same route using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

While United isn’t a partner of the Velocity Frequent Flyer program, Velocity members can earn Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles on United flights, which can soon be converted across into Velocity points.

Already flying  daily between the Queensland capital and the Californian coast, Qantas’ competing Brisbane-Los Angeles flights will continue onwards to New York from February 1 2015, with Virgin Australia passengers able to reach New York with Delta and Virgin America after landing in LA.

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Chris Chamberlin
Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!
 

18 comments

  • am

    am

    24 Oct, 2014 12:20 pm

    I thought Virgin's seats were already flully-flat?

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    24 Oct, 2014 01:18 pm

    Hi am,

    Cheers for the pick-up – on the Airbus A330s that fly to Perth, the new business class seats are indeed replacing angled lie-flat bets, although on the Boeing 777s, they do replace beds that are already fully-flat.

    -Chris

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  • markpk

    markpk

    24 Oct, 2014 01:21 pm

    I so wish Qantas would change the BNE-LAX service to BNE-SFO...

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  • watson374

    watson374

    24 Oct, 2014 01:40 pm

    Looks like we'll need to reset the 'Revive SFO' clock to zero.

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  • undertheradar

    undertheradar
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    24 Oct, 2014 02:22 pm

    why??

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  • undertheradar

    undertheradar
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    24 Oct, 2014 02:24 pm

    im referring to markpk

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  • markpk

    markpk

    24 Oct, 2014 02:51 pm

    Clearly I'm raising the whole no service to SFO issue too often..!

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  • markpk

    markpk

    24 Oct, 2014 02:54 pm

    • SFO is a better airport, 
    • Has similar or equivalent connections to the rest of America, 
    • Any opportunity to avoid LAX should be taken advantage of...

    And if we have time we could also discuss the lack of Qantas A380 services ex-BNE as well!

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  • chrisjrn

    chrisjrn

    24 Oct, 2014 03:23 pm

    Nope. American (QF's joint venture partner) only has a fraction of the connections out of SFO that it has out of LAX. That'd be why they moved to DFW.

    United and Virgin America are far and away the two biggest airlines out of SFO, which is why United and Air New Zealand fly to SFO, and Qantas doesn't. The connections aren't there for Qantas.

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  • undertheradar

    undertheradar
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    24 Oct, 2014 03:40 pm

    so why is it QFs responsibility to fly to SFO...and not VAs???  so VA starts daily BNE-LAX flights...and you then in an instant you whinge QF dont fly BNE-SFO..why not burden the new route with VA?

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  • undertheradar

    undertheradar
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    24 Oct, 2014 03:44 pm

    the story is about VAs new daily service BNE-LAX...and it becomes a QF scheduling issue out of BNE...QF now gets blamed for other airlines' decisions...lol

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  • markpk

    markpk

    24 Oct, 2014 03:59 pm

    UTR,

    The story goes on to compare the service offering for both VA and QF - maybe I could have framed my comment in this light...however I merely raised the point (which I framed as a personal wish, not a whinge) that it would be good if QF included SFO in their route network - in fact, I'd be happy if either or both VA or QF offered LAX alternatives  for Brisbane based travellers. 

    If anyone should be whinging its VA's loyal customers given the upgrade to service and frequency lacks imagination. They are merely reacting to QF when they could have seized the initiative and really tapped into the corporate traveller market who are more likely to be heading to SFO to get to Silicon Valley or onto east coast ports. 

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  • undertheradar

    undertheradar
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    24 Oct, 2014 04:28 pm

    it's nice to finally read the real reason.. most airlines are businesses that are integrated with other  airlines/businesses who are all in  it to make profits..at the moment a BNE-SFO isnt viable for any airline... I constantly read 'twits'...ooops tweets from people wish an airline would fly from A-B because they will or know of friends/many people who would fly the route...but will they, or those friends/people fly the route every day the airline flys that route, to sustain a profit for the airline??

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  • markpk

    markpk

    24 Oct, 2014 05:16 pm

    Not following you UTR...

    Are you suggesting that because I need to travel to SFO/Silicon Valley that I'm asking an airline to do something unprofitable? 

    I've suggested elsewhere on AusBT that much of the route planning for Australian carriers to the US is bogged down in LAX-centric network obligations - clearly this is important but is it the right answer going forward? (and due credit to QF for their ongoing investment in the route to DFW). 

    However, a key point here for consideration is that neither QF (to whom I am very loyal) or VA "make routes" - they are laggard followers. If you look at how Emirates builds routes you'll see a replicable model whereby they start servicing a new route with capacity before building this up to become a core part of their hub-and-spoke network - You have to question how Emirates can offer a daily A380 from Brisbane to Dubai, but neither QF or VA can offer a service to SFO as an alternative into the US? 

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  • Andy H

    Andy H

    24 Oct, 2014 10:13 pm

    That is very simple, it is because EK is flying that A380 into its Hub at DXB, where pax then funnel onto its various services in Europe, Asia and Africa and vice versa. VA and QF do not have such a luxury as Australia is an end of the line destination, BNE is certainly no Hub to that scale, its only a domestic Hub, but then again SYD & MEL serves this purpose too and they have more frequencies to Nth America.

    I'm not too sure why QF should send A380's to BNE? Does it have too? The refitted 744's already have the same interiors and product offering - theres simply no need. If you really wanted to, you can fly via MEL & SYD.

    I can assure you that the next Nth American route from Australia would either be MEL-YVR or MEL-SFO, whatever comes first, but this is atleast 1-2 years away.

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  • RealKid

    RealKid

    28 Oct, 2014 11:26 am

    The problem with routes to SFO is that the airport is almost completely controlled by United.  The competition would be difficult for either Virgin or Qantas.

    VA BNE - SFO: Pros would be the lack of direct competition on the route, however there would be very little feed into Brisbane and only slightly more to/from SFO.

    VA or QF SYD - SFO would compete directly with UA on ths route, who have infinitely more feed going into SFO than DL/VX and American, respectively. 

    VA flights to SFO would also be completely reliant on connections on Virgin America.  While they are indeed partners, I am not sure how appealing this would be given their joint agreement with Delta.  If VA were to launch a new route to the states, it might make more sense to do SYD - SEA.  The tech sector in SEA could provide similar traffic as SFO, with great Delta connections as well as no competition on the route. 

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  • markpk

    markpk

    28 Oct, 2014 11:39 am

    But I am allowed to dream right? 

    Clearly an additional issue is the state of the QF lounges in BNE - Neither has seen any love for over 10years and the both struggle to manage the morning peak of QF and partner customers!

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  • watson374

    watson374

    28 Oct, 2014 12:24 pm

    I must say, the idea of a Sydney to Seattle nonstop to gain feed ex-SEA on DL is actually not a bad idea at all.

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