• Hi Chris, This has actually become my preferred way to travel now last few years to DC and New York from Sydney as time wise it is about same as flying Cathay Pacific via HKG. The extra comforts of the bar/lounge in flight make it a decent way to go.

  • Qantas is also allowing Gold Frequent Flyers the same benefit.  I was just able to do the same on flights that I booked today through the web.

  • Virgin Australia does have an A320 in their fleet as a result of their acquisition of Skywest Airlines.  I have not seen interior images for it yet.  There is only the seat map on Virgin Australia's website http://www.virginaustralia.com/au/en/experience/on-board-the-flight/seat-ma...

  • Latest news was early 2014 for Sydney followed by Melbourne shortly afterwards.  David wrote an update about this recently which you can find here: http://www.ausbt.com.au/etihad-to-open-sydney-melbourne-airport-lounges-next-year

  • Last information I heard from Virgin approximately a month ago was that Etihad is maintaining that the Etihad Sydney International Lounge will open Q4 of this year.

  • I believe at the moment it is still only live on one aircraft, but they are in process of fitting out the 737 and Embraer fleet with the equipment.  Last I heard there were at least a dozen aircraft equipped to deliver IFE.