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It’s food for all on Virgin’s domestic network

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 15, 2015
Virgin Australia is offering complimentary food on all its domestic flights. (Virgin Australia)
Virgin Australia is offering complimentary food on all its domestic flights. (Virgin Australia)

From today, every Virgin Australia domestic flight is a food flight.

The airline said on Wednesday it would extend its complimentary food and drink offering “tailored to the time of day and the duration of the journey” on all domestic services.

“The roll out of free food and checked baggage, to complement our wireless in-flight entertainment, is an important part of our ability to deliver a consistent, premium service across our network,” Virgin Australia chief customer officer Mark Hassell said in a statement

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“Today’s announcement, coupled with our exceptional service and leadership in on-time performance, puts us in a strong position to continue to grow our loyal customer base,” Mr Hassell said.

Virgin said it would retain a buy-on-board retail cart for those wishing to purchase additional items to eat.

Serving complimentary food to all domestic passengers, whether in business or economy, was the initiative Virgin has introduced as it gradually transitioned from a budget to full service carrier under the leadership of chief executive John Borghetti.

In March, Virgin removed bag-free fares for domestic and short-haul international flights. However, Virgin kept a carryon only option for trans-Tasman services in line with a similar fare structure with alliance partner Air New Zealand.

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The airline also offered wireless inflight entertainment on most of its domestic fleet.

Moving to an across-the-board catering policy should end the inconsistent passenger experience currently, where passengers on certain routes receive a snack or food item while others do not.

For example, those travelling between Sydney and the Gold Coast are able to chew on some cheese and crackers or a half sandwich, while passengers on Melbourne-Gold Coast had to make do with tea, coffee, juice or water, or something stronger during the 5-7pm “happy hour”, unless they bought something from the retail cart.

A selection of recent snack items on board a Virgin Australia domestic flight, as experienced by Australian Aviation:

Virgin Australia's mini-muffin.
First, the mini-muffin. (reading material not supplied)
Virgin Australia sandwich fingers.
Next, cheese and tomato finger sandwiches
The Virgin Australia half sandwich.
The egg and lettuce half sandwich.
And the popular cheese and crackers.
And finally, the popular cheese and crackers.

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6 Comments

  • Peter

    says:

    Any consideration for those with dietary requirements, why should they be forced to pay when Qantas at least offer this along with the standard menu ?

  • Mathew

    says:

    Was the reading material “Mayday: The Inside Story of the Fall of Qantas” in the picture above, a bit of a “sledge” by the Author, who was flying a Virgin flight at the time. LOL

  • Clinton

    says:

    I remember the days (not that long ago) where you received a nice filling meal on all flights.

    Cheese and crackers after half a sandwich. Give me a break. Highlights that one word ‘PROFIT’.

  • Marc

    says:

    ..is that JB on the cover?

  • Freddie

    says:

    Hardly appropriate to call it food. More like starvation rations and a soggy unedible miniscule ‘sandwich’. Come on virgin deliver what you promised after all I’ve heard you pay your staff peanuts.

  • Donna

    says:

    Lovely – a tomato and cheese finger sandwich prepared early in the day for an afternoon flight – maybe they really want us to buy the other food?

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