The cabin is wide and spacious, although the middle seats in the cabin are a bit of a downside: you'll need to pass the aisle passengers to get out for a stretch or to visit the loo.
At the front of the cabin, above seats 1D, 1E and 1F, there's an old-school CRT monitor with the moving map, plus route, flight, altitude and speed details.
You can also find the moving map at your own seat if you're seated in the back row and you've not brought your long-distance specs.
Watching the forward-facing camera (which is mounted somewhere on the landing gear) is a real trip for takeoff and landing.
The screens themselves are a reasonable size, but the looping (rather than on-demand) video is a bit of a downside.
During the safety video, there's a character remarkably reminiscent of one Sir Richard Branson...
The A330 aircraft that Virgin uses is capable of much longer runs than Sydney-Perth. That's one of the reasons it fairly rockets into the sky.
Shortly after takeoff, the excellent Virgin crew come round with a hot towel.
If you're leaving from Sydney in the morning, a delicious fruit salad awaits, with a flaky croissant and yoghurt (with truly scrumptious honey)
The second course for breakfast -- presented to you separately after you've finished with the fruit, yoghurt and croissant -- is an option of pancakes or this plate of frittata, bacon, sausages and tomatoes.
If you're heading eastbound from Perth, the service starts with a drink of your choice (the champagne is lovely, as is the rather potent Luke Mangan "The Australian" cocktail).
One of the eastbound starters is this delicious bocconcini, artichoke, spinach, roast capsicum and olive salad, which the crew dress for you on the trolley to your liking. Reheated airline food in a tiny tray, eat your heart out.
For the main course, one of your choices is the gnocchi, with a fresh and tangy tomato sauce, shaved parmesan and shredded basil. A mesclun salad with balsamic vinaigrette -- and the crew ask you how you like it -- rounds out the main.
After the main course, the crew pops round with this elegant dessert and cheese trolley. Very sensibly, they also bring round the fabulous tawny port at the same time.
The cheese was delicious -- especially the very moreish blue -- and the light and airy crackers went well with it. The tawny port was one of the best we've tasted recently.
The Luke Mangan brand is in evidence across the service: napkin wraps, little bottles of olive oil, several pages in the menu...
The end of the eastbound lunch service is marked by an elegant coffee service, where more port (or Baileys, or Cointreau) is offered.
The crew, with their new Virgin Australia nametags, are friendly, personable, and familiar with the service -- including a wine appreciation course to make sure they recommend the right drop for each course.
After lunch, there's time to contemplate the cabin. It's wide, with lots of room, although we'd avoid the middle seat of the centre section because you'll need to get past an aisle seatmate to get out.
Above the seats are the usual air vents (which worked well to cool us down on a muggy Sydney day) and one of the two lighting options for the seat.
The seats themselves are sturdy and deep. They're not Qantas' Skybeds, of course, but they're perfectly comfortable -- and some frequent flyers prefer this style of seat for a day flight.
Even for our 6'3" reporter, there was more than enough legroom...
...but if you're not 6'3", there's a legrest to make sure you're sitting comfortably when reclined...
...which our seatmate was happy to demonstrate for you.
Additional storage, however, would have been very welcome. Newspapers across the aisle ended up in a pile behind the seats in front.
There's a few inches more legroom in the middle sections, which is useful if you're on of the three people (out of twenty-seven) in a middle seat and need to head out to the loo if both your seatmates have their seats fully reclined.
And speaking of reclining, the control pad at your armrest lets you adjust the seat to your personal preference.
Never mind the in-flight entertainment, the view over Australia itself is exceedingly beautiful.
At the end of the flight, the purple "P" (for "priority") tags mean your bags are the first out on the carousel.
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