New Virgin Australia flights: Brisbane to Bundaberg, Moranbah

By John Walton, February 26 2013

Virgin Australia is expanding business travellers' options from its hub at Brisbane, with new flights to Moranbah and Bundaberg in regional Queensland.

Brisbane-Moranbah services will start off twice daily on weekdays as of 2 April, with an extra weekday flight from 15 April. On weekends, there'll be a single Sunday return.

Brisbane-Bundaberg, meanwhile, will see a single daily afternoon return flight on the hour-long journey, with a 1240 departure from Brisbane and a 1410 takeoff from Bundaberg.

Virgin Australia's Group Executive of Alliances, Network and Yield Merren McArthur is keen to spruik the connections offered to and from Bundaberg: "There are 11 domestic and international connections within three hours of the flight landing in Brisbane," McArthur explains. 

It's a relatively tight squeeze — and not much overhead bin room — on board Virgin's ATR turboprops.. Chris Neugebauer
It's a relatively tight squeeze — and not much overhead bin room — on board Virgin's ATR turboprops.
Chris Neugebauer

Both regional Queensland flights will use all-economy ATR turboprop aircraft, currently operated by regional airline Skywest, which Virgin is in the final stages of buying outright.

Virgin will also upgrade some of its Brisbane-Perth flights to an Airbus A330 service – see our report for full details.

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John Walton

Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.

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Virgin's ATRs aren't that bad for short flights but I agree that flights to Canberra should be given some better aircraft and attention.


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