Virgin details Melbourne, Hong Kong airport lounge access

By David Flynn, June 29 2017
Virgin details Melbourne, Hong Kong airport lounge access

Virgin Australia has finalised which lounges its business class passengers and top-tier frequent flyers will use at both ends of the airline's direct flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong.

At Melbourne Airport, passengers booked in the pointy of Virgin's Airbus A330 – along with Velocity Platinum and Velocity Gold card-holders – will make their way to the Etihad Airways lounge.

It’s going to be a great way to start your journey, with the focal point of the Melbourne lounge being an inviting bar area with full bartender service.

Ahead of the return leg from Hong Kong, those same travellers will relax at the Club Bauhinia lounge.

Located near Gate 23, this is the flagship lounge of Virgin partner Hong Kong Airlines, with the necessary creature comforts including plenty of seating with panoramic views of the airport apron... 

... plus a buffet spread boasting local treats such as dim sum, egg puffs, soya beancurd dessert, Hong Kong-style milk tea and made-to-order noodles.

There are also showers (handy after a day spent in the hot Hong Kong summer), two private meeting rooms and a quiet zone.

Australian Business Traveller will file a review of Hong Kong Airlines' Club Bauhinia lounge after our return from Virgin Australia's inaugural Melbourne-Hong Kong flight.


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.


01 Jun 2016

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Goodbye transiting through SIN with no shower!

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

26 Feb 2016

Total posts 101

Not bad. I was worried if VA will put pax to airnz's lounge, or even worse, the domestic lounge at t3.

31 Mar 2014

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I was expecting a different lounge each day or something else convoluted. This is surprisingly simple and unlike Virgin.

25 Apr 2013

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How long has Hong Kong Airlines been a Virgin partner? 

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

13 Jan 2015

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Since HNA group bought a share of Virgin

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Oct 2011

Total posts 461

Virgin's "Lounge Lotto" strikes again!!

25 Feb 2013

Total posts 66

Just because they have access to the Etihad lounge you shouldn't assume this means a la carte dining. Virgin has cost-cut on all their other deals buying up lounge access and I would be highly surprised if this is any different.

If it's like every other Etihad lounge before Virgin flight arrangement (e.g. LA and Sydney) it won't have a la carte, which the entire lounge concept for Etihad is built around and unfortunately usually means the lounge experience is actually not that good. 

30 Aug 2013

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Etihad removed ala carte dining from their lounges some time ago 


Etihad - Etihad Guest

19 Sep 2013

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Any news on the amount of guests allowed with a Platinum holder?

24 Oct 2010

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We'll be able to report more detail closer to the launch or even from the launch.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

20 Dec 2011

Total posts 18

As VA Gold , can I access this lounge even when flying SQ?

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