Fly A "V"ery New Airline to Australia

April 10, 2008 | By | Reply More
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V AustraliaThanks to relaxed restrictions ushered in by the new Open Skies Agreement (see our post all about it), the Virgin group has announced a new airline to fly between the United States and Australia. “V Australia” will begin flying 10 weekly flights between Los Angeles and Sydney beginning on December 15, 2008 – just in time for Australia’s prime summer season. This route has always been tightly controlled by Qantas, with only Air New Zealand and United Airlines flying from Los Angeles to Australia in recent years. The introduction of V Australia means the competition has just gone up a notch! Passengers flying V Australia will be able to connect easily with Virgin’s inter-Australia budget airline, Virgin Blue.

We’ve come to expect great things from the folks at Virgin, and V Australia promises to continue their reputation for fun and an above average flying experience. Economy cabin service for this route will feature: “an ergonomically-designed New Generation seat, with roomy seat width of 47.9 cm (18.8 inches) and a generous seat pitch of 81.3 cm (32 inches) and recline of 15.2 cm (6 inches), a Panasonic Audio and Video on Demand in-flight entertainment system with 22.9 cm (9 inch) screen in your seatback, Mood lighting throughout your cabin to create an ambiance to match the different phases of your flight, and you’ll be able to keep in touch and up to date during your flight with revolutionary email, PDA and mobile phone text message connectivity technologies.” As expected, Premium Economy and International Business -V Extraordinary ratchet up the amenities including a fully horizontal lie-flat bed/seat. What no in-flight masseuse, mile high showers or James Bond cocktail lounge? We’ll just have to stay tuned and hope that the usual over the top ‘flight of a lifetime’ services will emerge. In the meantime, if you’re planning a trip to Australia next year, keep a keen eye peeled for some promotional airfares to jump start their new route.

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