After announcing plans to introduce its first flights to Hong Kong, Virgin Australia has now confirmed Melbourne will be the Australian city to enjoy the connections starting July 5.
To be operated on Airbus A330-200 aircraft, Virgin Australia’s Melbourne-Hong Kong service will offer 255 economy seats in a 2-4-2 configuration.
Flights will depart Melbourne five-times weekly: at 00.35 every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for arrival in Hong Kong at 08.15 the same day, on Mondays at 10.25 to arrive at 18.05 and on Wednesdays at 09.40 for arrival at 17.20.
The return flight from Hong Kong will depart at 19.50 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving in Melbourne at 08.20 the next day.
Virgin Australia Group CEO John Borghetti said: “Virgin Australia’s entry into Hong Kong and Greater China is a key pillar of our international strategy, allowing us to tap into Australia’s fastest growing and most valuable inbound travel market.
Melbourne Airport’s chief of aviation, Simon Gandy, said: “As Australia’s fastest-growing capital city, Melbourne represents an incredibly sound, long-term investment market for international airlines.”
Hong Kong, on top of being a strong market for both inbound and outbound travel, also serves as a hub for connecting to onward services into mainland China and North Asia, he added.
More connections between Australia and China are expected to follow from the alliance between Virgin Australia and HNA Aviation.