Virgin Australia's daily Sydney-Hong Kong flights are now on sale, with the inaugural flight on the new route taking wing on Monday July 2, 2018.
The Airbus A330, featuring 20 of Virgin's flagship business class seats at the pointy end, will leave Sydney at 10am as VA83 and reach Hong Kong at 5.40pm.
The VA82 return leg will depart Hong Kong at 7.50pm to land into Sydney at 7.10am the following day.
The Sydney-Hong Kong flights will incorporate new business class dishes created by the airline's resident chef Luke Mangan.
Virgin has not yet advised which lounge at Sydney Airport's T1 international terminal will be available to its business class passengers and Velocity Platinum and Gold frequent flyers.
However, at Hong Kong they'll find the welcome mat rolled out at the impressive Club Autus lounge of partner Hong Kong Airlines, which boasts a cocktail bar and cooked-to-order dining.
Through a partnership with HK Express, Virgin's Hong Kong-bound passengers from Sydney and Melbourne will be able to seamlessly connect to destinations throughout Asia.
The new flights see Virgin Australia taking on Qantas and Cathay Pacific on a route which already counts over one million passengers per year according to the federal government’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.
"We are thrilled our daily Sydney-Hong Kong flights are now on sale, offering a competitive price and our award-winning business class and cabin crew," said Virgin Australia Airlines Group Executive Rob Sharp.
“Since Virgin Australia began flying to Hong Kong (from Melbourne) last year, airfares from Australia have dropped by up to 40%, signalling the strong competition we have brought to this route."
However, what's good for Sydney is perhaps less so for Melbourne, with Virgin confirming cuts to its Melbourne-Hong Kong service as of July 2.
Flights will be reduced from daily to five times per week, with the VA69 service flight out of Melbourne shifting to a 12.30am departure to reach Hong Kong at 8.10am.