Virgin Australia boosts flights to Bali

By David Flynn, November 7 2013

Virgin Australia is adding an extra six flights per week from Australia’s east coast into Denpasar, Bali.

From 19 December 2013 there'll be one extra weekly service from Brisbane, two extra weekly services from Sydney plus three more from Melbourne.

Virgin Australia says the new flights "will be timed to complement existing services, and will add over 1,000 extra seats to Bali per week, providing even more choice to travellers."

The flights will run on Virgin Australia’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft with business and economy class with hot meals and a choice of drinks for all passengers – yes, even in the 'cheap seats'.

The airline says that by year's end, all flights to and from Bali will feature wireless streaming of video and music to a passenger's tablet, laptop and smartphone.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 May 2012

Total posts 76

urgh sorry but 6.5 hours in a domestic 737, not a fan.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

Total posts 2221

Yes, and to think the current ex-DPS services are red-eyes!

10 Mar 2011

Total posts 531

Exactly!

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 737

+1, too long on narrow-body. DPS routes would be a good use for XFA and XFB, wear them out and get rid of them. :)

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

29 Aug 2012

Total posts 23

There's been a rumour doing the rounds to that effect for the last few months saying it would either be extra flights or putting A and B on the DPS flights (before a full refurb) over the Christmas period. It appears they went for extra flights.

23 Nov 2012

Total posts 24

My girlfriend booked a trip to Bali and I flew VA Brisbane-Denpasar return last year. I'm a fan of Virgin Australia, but this is way too long a sector for a domestic 737-800.  Never again, sorry Virgin. 

30 Aug 2013

Total posts 448

Agree - far too long for a 737. Even in J, the thought of an overnight flight home in a 737 terrifies me. I once did HKT-PER on a VA 737 - never again.

The A330s would be perfect for this. 

15 Aug 2011

Total posts 33

The people have spoken Virign Australia, take note and do something about it;-)

Thai Airways International - Royal Orchid Plus

15 Jan 2013

Total posts 279

No Thanks for me.I did the service years ago when Qantas flew them outbound 767 SYD-DPS and returning on a 747 DPS-SYD nice and comfortable.If that service still existed with a good domestic connection and I am from Adelaide I would happily take it but the same sector on a 737 VA you can forget it.I'll fly SQ via Singapore or VA TO Mel and Take GARUDA instead if I was to return to Bali.

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

25 Apr 2013

Total posts 544

Hey, just thinking. As possibly the best 737-800s in the market, why will a 6 hour flight be so much to complain about? Yes, business class is below standards for such a flight, but at least the seats have PTVs (well, as tablets, but still)!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

Total posts 2221

It's a six-hour red-eye flight in a recliner with no footrest.

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

25 Apr 2013

Total posts 544

Yes, business is below standard, but economy...?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

Total posts 2221

Well, it's a 737, with narrow economy seats and all. It's not specially configured for international use either, effectively being a domestic aircraft with minimal pitch and all.

Garuda offers much better flights to DPS and CGK.

07 Jan 2015

Total posts 1

We just returned on a Virgin flight from Phuket to Perth and I must say NEVER AGAIN, this was a substandard service all round, no pillows, no blankets, you had to pay for spirit drinks, not to mention the small plane that made you feel like being squished into a sardine can.

Virgin the 737 800 is not what your customers expect on an international flight, listen to the people as I will be letting others know to be careful as we were not made aware when booking.


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