Virgin Australia passengers will see a 'Premium Valet' car park for business class travellers and high-tier Velocity Frequent Flyer members when flying domestically from Melbourne.
The new Melbourne fast-track system will be in place from "later this year" according to an airline statement today in conjunction with Virgin's half-yearly results.
But the airline statement makes no reference to premium check-in facilities available at kerbside, unlike the existing Premium Entry at Sydney's Domestic Airport and the planned Premium Valet at Brisbane.
With the Melbourne lounge a short walk away from the airport entrance and down an escalator, the logistics of changing the existing purple-barrier Premium check-in queue may not make sense.
Australian Business Traveller tested out the Sydney facility just after it opened last year — back when Virgin Australia was still Virgin Blue — and the two minute arrival-to-lounge service is still impressive.
Brisbane's version of the frequent flyer fast-track system, meanwhile, will take over the old Ansett rotunda at the airport's domestic terminal.
In a wide range of announcements today, Virgin Australia is also planning:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablets for wireless entertainment streaming on board
- New 1-2 configuration proper business class on VIrgin's smaller Embraer E-190 jets
- A super-elite Concierge meet and greet service for the top Velocity frequent flyers at Canberra, Gold Coast — and elsewhere...