Virgin Australia will launch non-stop flights between Perth and Hobart from September, becoming the only airline to offer a direct service between the two cities.
Running three times per week and with a flight time of around 4.5 hours each way, travellers will no longer need to connect via Sydney or Melbourne when jetting between Tasmania and Western Australia, trimming at least two hours of travel time on a return trip.
On Mondays and Wednesdays from September 17, VA594 pushes back at 11:30am in Perth ahead of a 5:55pm arrival in Hobart, while on Fridays, VA592 departs at 7:15am for a 1:40pm touchdown in Hobart.
In the other direction, VA595 takes to the skies at 6:40pm on Mondays and Wednesdays to reach Perth at 9:10pm, with VA593 airborne on Fridays at 2:20pm, landing at 4:45pm.
Flights are now listed on Virgin Australia's website although currently appear as "sold out", with fares expected to appear later today.
These schedules are tweaked slightly from October to account for Daylight Savings Time in Tasmania (which Western Australia does not observe), but departure and arrival times remain relatively similar on the same days each week.
All flights will be served by a Boeing 737 aircraft with eight reclining business class seats...
... plus five rows of Economy X extra-legroom seats.
Passengers at the pointy end, as will Velocity Platinum and Gold members and other eligible flyers, will enjoy access to Virgin Australia's lounge in Perth...
... although Virgin Australia does not offer lounge facilities at Hobart Airport.