Virgin Australia launches daily Brisbane-Los Angeles flights this weekend, giving Queensland-based travellers more choice and flexibility when heading to California and onwards to New York.
Boosted from four-times-weekly, the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft found on the route are kitted out with fully-flat beds in business class, along with economy and premium economy seats.
For a good night’s sleep, business class passengers on the 13-hour flight enjoy an evening linen service with a memory foam mattress atop the regular seat, along with a pillow and duvet:
Taking on Qantas’ own daily Boeing 747 flights – which have fully-flat A380-style Skybeds at the pointy end – Brisbane residents will see Virgin's new ‘business first’ seat on the LA route from early 2016.
(Those upgraded Boeing 777s will also see improvements to premium economy plus the launch of extra-legroom 'economy plus' seats.)
From Brisbane, VA7 leaves the Sunshine State at 10:15am to reach Los Angeles at 6:30am on the same day.
On the return, VA8 takes to the skies at 11:20pm each day for a morning arrival in Brisbane at 6:25am two calendar days later.
To make way for the Brisbane boost, Virgin Australia’s Melbourne-Los Angeles flights will cease from Sunday – just two days before United Airlines’ inaugural flight on the same route using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
While United isn’t a partner of the Velocity Frequent Flyer program, Velocity members can earn Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles on United flights, which can soon be converted across into Velocity points.
Already flying daily between the Queensland capital and the Californian coast, Qantas’ competing Brisbane-Los Angeles flights will continue onwards to New York from February 1 2015, with Virgin Australia passengers able to reach New York with Delta and Virgin America after landing in LA.
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