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Virgin launches ‘Capital Connect’ service

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 15, 2011

photo - Seth Jaworski

Virgin Australia has relaunched its Canberra-Sydney flight schedule under the new ‘Capital Connect’ branding, as the airline plans to introduce its incoming ATR 72s to the route later this year.

Virgin plans to operate up to 10 daily Canberra-Sydney return services by October (up from the current eight). In a first for Virgin Australia, all passengers flying on Capital Connect will be offered complimentary snacks and drinks during the flight. In addition, complimentary wine and beer will be served on flights after 4pm, as well as newspapers on flights before 12 noon each day.

“This complimentary inflight service is unique to this route and is part of our overall brand repositioning which includes introduction of the new Virgin Australia business class, newly renovated lounges, and range of flexible fares,” Virgin Australia group executive product and guest services, Martin Daley said.

“From today, Capital Connect guests will have the choice from a three category menu, with high quality gourmet snacks, that has been introduced as part of the airline’s enhanced inflight product offering,” he added.

The launch announcement follows the delivery of Virgin’s first Skywest-operated ATR 72-500 on August 11.

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