Virgin Australia is now selling business class on its trans-Tasman routes, which will debut on Sydney-Auckland flights from February 28th 2015 from $699.
Other 'pointy end across the pond' routes will begin from March 31st.
"Virgin Australia is renowned for its Business Class offering within Australia and we are thrilled to be bringing this service to the trans-Tasman and Pacific Island routes" said Virgin Australia Chief Commercial Officer Judith Crompton.
“These markets are a very important focus for us given the growth in business travel between Australia and New Zealand and we are committed to offering great value Business Class fares."
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Sydney-Auckland will see the first pointy end seats across the pond, using the same business class as domestic Australian flights, with Melbourne and Brisbane flights to follow.
Virgin will be fitting those seats to its trans-Tasman Boeing 737-800 fleet, replacing their current premium economy cabin.
The airline expects to see all ten of the trans-Tasman jets upgraded by April 2015.
In addition to wide leather seats with 38 inch pitch, business class travellers will "international-style amenity kits including Australian organic cosmetics by GROWN for flights over three hours", Virgin says, along with a 'coat check-in service' with free coat bag and "Luke Mangan gourmet full service dining experience."
As expected, there'll also be priority check-in and boarding, and "priority baggage service where available."
Also up for the business class ride will be travellers to Pacific Island routes including Fiji and Samoa.
More from today's Virgin Australia financial report:
- Virgin Australia records $355 million loss
- Virgin Australia sells 35% stake in Velocity Frequent Flyer
- Virgin Australia brings forward Boeing 737 MAX: first flights in 2018
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