Virgin Australia to start Perth-Abu Dhabi services from June 2017

VH-XFJ Airbus A330-243 (MSN 1561) of Virgin Australia, named 'Gnaraloo Bay', at Perth Airport – Sun 31 July 2016. Flight VA553 from Sydney, landing on runway 24 at 12:08pm kicking up water spray as it uses its thrust reversers to slow down on the wet runway. Photo © David Eyre
VH-XFJ Airbus A330-243 (MSN 1561) of Virgin Australia, named ‘Gnaraloo Bay’, at Perth Airport – Sun 31 July 2016.
Kicking up water spray as it uses its thrust reversers to slow down on the wet runway. Photo © David Eyre

20 September 2016 © David Eyre

Virgin Australia plans to launch new Perth-Abu Dhabi services three times weekly with Airbus A330-200s from 9 June 2017.

This will be the first time that their A330 aircraft will be used on a long-haul international route, and the services will use their existing fleet, by slight reducing A330 services between Perth and the Eastern States.

Virgin’s A330-200s carry 275 passengers in a two-class configuration, with 20 Business and 255 Economy class seats.

Currently, Etihad Airways operates daily Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner services on the route. Etihad is a Virgin Australia shareholder and alliance partner.

Planned schedule for the Virgin A330 service:

  • From Friday 9 June 2017: VA11 departs Perth at 2305 (TUE/FRI/SUN), arrives in Abu Dhabi at 0635 the next morning.
  • From Saturday 10 June 2017: VA12 departs Abu Dhabi at 0820 (MON/WED/SAT), arriving in Perth at 2325 the same day.

 

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

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