Virgin flight to Hong Kong with Richard Branson

Virgin Australia on Wednesday launched a five-times weekly service from Melbourne to Hong Kong, marking the start of the airline’s expansion into Greater China.

Guests onboard the inaugural flight were treated to Cantonese lessons with Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, fortune cookies and a Hong Kong-inspired menu, in addition to egg tarts and Old Town Central walking guides at the boarding gate.

Branson carrying head of Bendigo dragon Yar Loong in a traditional lion dance procession to celebrate the launch of the new route

Branson was joined by other VIP guests such as Steven Ciobo, minister for trade, tourism and investment; John Borghetti, Virgin Australia group CEO and managing director; and John O’Sullivan, managing director of Tourism Australia.

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