From the middle of 2018, Virgin Australia will begin running a daily Sydney to Hong Kong service aboard their A330 featuring their award-winning ‘The Business’ which I reviewed briefly here.
The move comes just months after Virgin launched their Melbourne to Hong Kong service, which will be stripped back to five days a week due to the availability of slots on the ground in Hong Kong.
The new Sydney to Hong Kong service will also offer onward connections to London via Virgin Atlantic, and to China via Hong Kong Airlines. However, with a lengthy stopover on the cards, quality lounge access will be key, and following the closure of the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in Feb last year (despite its 2015 revamp), it’s highly likely frequent flyers will be directed to the Plaza Premium Lounge, a far cry from both the excellent Qantas Business and Cathay’s brand new ‘The Deck’ Oneworld lounges. Perhaps there may be some affiliation with the Singapore Business Lounge in Hong Kong but it’s also pretty tired in my opinion.
AusBT has reported that Virgin Australia’s Sydney-Hong Kong schedule will look like this, and the airline says tickets will “go on sale soon”:
- VA89 departs Sydney at 10am, arriving into Hong Kong at 5.40pm
- VA88 departs Hong Kong at 7.50pm, arriving into Sydney at 7.10am the next day
Oneworld aficionados will recognise Virgin’s choice of timings, putting the service in direct competition with Qantas and Cathay Pacific, who’ve had a monopoly on the service for until now.
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