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Virgin Australia VA23 Melbourne-LA is 60% empty!

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ecbailey

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 12 Jan 2016

Total posts 32

Presently on this flight and it is a ghost town. Half of business and two thirds of PE is empty. Economy is the same.

What's going on? Subsequently the Wifi is great (and so is their product and crew).

Stephen D

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 12 Nov 2017

Total posts 42

VA1 is so full, it is often best going via Melbourne from Sydney to LAX in order to score an upgrade.

StuParr

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 01 Mar 2012

Total posts 182

End of school holiday period maybe?

aklrunway

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 May 2011

Total posts 167

February is historically where flights tend to be on the lighter side especially after school holidays and Christmas/New Year period and people return to work and school.

ChrisCh

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,030

February is historically where flights tend to be on the lighter side especially after school holidays and Christmas/New Year period and people return to work and school.

Indeed: I remember looking at Hong Kong-London flights for Valentine's Day a few years back, and Virgin Atlantic had no less than eight Upper Class (business class) seats open for booking using points - whereas I usually consider myself lucky to find two seats on the same flight.

mcglynp

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 20 Jan 2016

Total posts 47

And yet on the VA site there is not one single PE or Business reward seat available on MEL - LAX for the entire of Feb.

aussiflyer

Member since 27 Jan 2016

Total posts 35

And yet on the VA site there is not one single PE or Business reward seat available on MEL - LAX for the entire of Feb.

VA23 tomorrow is showing PE and J redeption available...

CityRail

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 17 Nov 2014

Total posts 78

February is historically where flights tend to be on the lighter side especially after school holidays and Christmas/New Year period and people return to work and school.

Indeed: I remember looking at Hong Kong-London flights for Valentine's Day a few years back, and Virgin Atlantic had no less than eight Upper Class (business class) seats open for booking using points - whereas I usually consider myself lucky to find two seats on the same flight.

ChrisCh, was that because Chinese New Year was in Early Feb/Late Jan?
If Chinese New Year is around Valentine's Day, flights will be severely full, especially via HKG.

ecbailey

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 12 Jan 2016

Total posts 32

Even the lounge was quiet, with maybe 20 people compared to the usual 50 or 60 from what the barista said.

Amusingly, their pricing to book a business class fare a couple weeks out was 3x what I paid, and over double what NZ wanted. Economy was being sold at sub $1k a couple weeks out by VA and QF as well. I wonder if QF is as empty as well?

Traveller14

Member since 17 Sep 2015

Total posts 73

By May we'll know the answer because the government agency will have issued its monthly report, always with a time lag as it must collect lots of information from international airlines and airports.

Saab34

Member since 08 Sep 2018

Total posts 11

Flew PE recently from Melbourne. Flight over only 3 of us in the whole cabin, was spewing would have saved the cash and gone economy x which had one person for each row! but coming back only 1 seat free in PE.

richard89

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Mar 2017

Total posts 25

Feb is very often a glut for airlines. When I was crew years ago I remember operating Sydney-Tonga on a 737 with 20 people onboard this time of year.

jch

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 15 Nov 2017

Total posts 142

Business award availability to LAX for almost every day next week from the east coast :)

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