Based in Bowens Hill, Brisbane, the airline's network covers all major cities and destinations within Australia from its main hubs at Aukland, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, as well as less popular routes ignored by other operators. These include Hobart to Canberra and Rockhampton to Townsville. There are also budget Virgin Australia flights to Bali, Vanuatu and New Zealand, all popular holiday destinations for Australians. Codeshares with other airlines have increased Virgin Australia flights to 54 internal and worldwide destinations. Whether you're looking for flights to Australia or want to extend your holiday within the country you will find great Virgin deals available online.
Each Virgin Australia aircraft wears the distinctive livery of red and white and features a virgin girl as nose art. These are complete with a wide-brimmed bush hat and trail an Australian flag. With the slogan "Now You're Flying", Virgin Australia flights offer customers:
Virgin Australia currently has 124 aircraft in its fleet, either owned by the airline or leased. These include six Airbus A330-200 and five Boeing 777-300ER, all capable of holding around 300 passengers on long-haul routes. There are also ninety-six mid-size craft including the Embraer ERJ-190 and the Boeing 737, as well as fourteen smaller ATR72 planes used for internal flights. On domestic and short-haul routes the airline offers Economy, Premium and Business Class seats while long-haul destinations include an International Business Class with fully horizontal flat beds and well-equipped workstations.
Launched as a no-frills domestic carrier by Sir Richard Branson in 2000, Virgin Australia was originally known as Virgin Blue. The early years of the airline were turbulent and unprofitable but it has now achieved a stable position as one of Australia's most important internal airlines sitting alongside Quantas and Regional Express. In recent years the Virgin no-frills element has given way to a more upmarket approach.
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