Virgin’s newest A330 enters revenue service

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 8, 2014
Virgin Australia's newest Airbus A330-200 at the Airbus factory in Toulouse (Photo: dn280/Source: PlanePictures.Net)
From Toulouse to Australia. Virgin’s newest A330-200 is now in commercial service (Photo: dn280/Source: PlanePictures.Net)

Virgin Australia’s newest Airbus A330-200 has entered revenue service, joining the carrier’s five other Airbus widebodies flying between Perth and Australia’s east coast capitals.

The first commercial flight of VH-XFJ took off from Melbourne as VA693 at 1837 local time on Tuesday October 7, landing in Perth three hours and 59 minutes later, according to flight tracking website Flightaware.

The aircraft, which arrived from the Airbus factory in Toulouse on September 25, spent 11 days in Brisbane before starting commercial service.

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It was not expected to remain in its current configuration – 24 lie-flat business class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration and 255 economy seats – for long, given Virgin planned to upgrade all A330-200s to a new business class cabin featuring a 20 fully-flat suites.

The refits were due to begin in early 2015, with all six frames to have the new seats installed by August.

Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti unveils the airline's new business seat. (Geoffrey Thomas)
Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti demonstrated the new business class seat. (Geoffrey Thomas)

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Virgin’s newest A330 enters revenue service Comment

  • Greg

    says:

    Flightware shows that it ferried from Brisbane to Melbourne as flight VOZ9902 on 06/10/2014 prior entry into service.

    Your story was confusing as it ” spent 11 days in Brisbane before starting commercial service” and “The first commercial flight of VH-XFJ took off from Melbourne”.

    Sorry to be picky

    Greg

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