Member since 23 Feb 2017
Total posts 5
Is Virgin going through some turmoil due to changes with their fleet? Is anyone privy to their long term plans? I flew on an 'all econ' ex-Tiger A320 from Adl to Per on 15th and tonight they have bumped the A330 to a B737 on the red eye from Per to Syd which is deeply disenchanting save the fact that i was fortunate to retain one of the eight seats on the captains side of the white rope.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 16 Mar 2019
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From what I know from a year ago the Virgin Regional A320s are used quite frequently on ADL and DRW routes due to a shortage of flight crew for their 737s. Same reason why you see F100s on PER-ADL.
Member since 21 Mar 2011
Total posts 428
I am on the A320 in Apr,
Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles
Member since 16 Oct 2017
Total posts 172
F100 instead of a 738? Now that's just an insult.
Member since 01 Sep 2018
Total posts 8
A couple of points to make here.
Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 01 Jan 2019
Total posts 4
Member since 06 Jan 2015
Total posts 23
If flying Y, from a passenger point of view the F100 is far better than the A320 they fly.
Member since 27 Jan 2016
Total posts 40
It looks like VARA now have 4 A320's. The first 2 were ex skywest and the other 2 ex Tiger.
Member since 31 Mar 2014
Total posts 217
I just had a quick look. The only flight consistently run on 737 Adelaide to Perth is VA713(although Sunday is F100). Every other flight looks to be run by VARA on F100 or A320 in all economy. Presumably because of a lack of business demand and cheaper labour at VARA.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 12 Nov 2017
Total posts 42
Actually I quite like the F100. Had a flight from Adelaide to Alice and it was very comfortable. Sure no Business but could not complain about it at all.
Etihad - Etihad Guest
Member since 01 Mar 2019
Total posts 3
Cheaper labour ???
Member since 07 Oct 2012
Total posts 764
What makes you think Grannular was referring to ground crew?
Member since 04 Jun 2018
Total posts 2
The A320s in the Tiger fleet are very slowly getting converted for use by VARA (The 5th A320 for VARA is due to enter the fleet shortly after it got a re-fit in Singapore a week or two ago), but they don't have the same high density seating as they do on Tiger (162 on VARA vs 180 on Tiger). Despite comments above it appears that F100s aren't going anywhere anytime soon.The reason they're using them Between ADL/PER & DRW (and also MEL-ADL on weekends) is that the A320s are used almost solely for FIFO charters ex PER Monday - Friday, and with exception to KGI-MEL / MEL-KGI (which is a weekly Friday and Sunday service respectively) and Christmas Island / Cocos Islands flights (Which operate in a triangle routing on Tuesdays and Saturdays) those A320s would otherwise sit idle on the weekend (not enough demand to use A320s instead of F100s intrastate within WA).
I sat next to a virgin tech who confirmed this was happening. First they change the livery and then progressively upgrade the interior. wifi involves redoing some electrical work to ensure no interference I believe.
F100 are a good day traveller provided row 1
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