As widely expected, and now confirmed to by a Virgin Australia spokesperson to Australian Business Traveller, the lounge of partner Etihad Airways will play host to Virgin's business class passengers alongside Velocity Platinum and Gold frequent flyers.
Etihad's combined business/first class lounge nominally opens three hours ahead of its 3.15pm and 8.55pm flights to Abu Dhabi.
However the 10am departure of Virgin Australia's flight VA83 to Hong Kong will see those passengers joining VA1 travellers headed to Los Angeles at around 9.30am, who also use this lounge and enjoy a breakfast service similar to what was done for Virgin's Melbourne-Hong Kong flights before shifting to a 12.30am departure.
So while the Etihad lounge's tended bar may not be open...
... travellers can expect a decent breakfast spread along with some lighter continental options in case they want to leave room for Luke Mangan's inflight business class fare.