Virgin Australia Airlines’ Melbourne to Hong Kong
A giant 34-metre dragon ‘Yar Loong’ glided into Melbourne Airport on 5 July with non-other than Sir Richard Branson leading the way, disguised under the dragon’s head. The Virgin founder was in Australia to celebrate Virgin Australia Airlines’ inaugural flight to Hong Kong, a route it will operate five times weekly on A330-200s.
- Virgin Australia Airlines ventured into the Hong Kong (HKG) market on 5 July. It will operate five flights per week on its 275-seat A330-200s from Melbourne (MEL). Chief of Aviation at Melbourne Airport, Simon Gandy, said of the new service: “We are delighted Virgin has chosen Melbourne to expand its international services creating more opportunities for Victorians to travel for business, leisure, education and renewing family ties. Hong Kong is one of our top ten international outbound destinations with around 115,000 people travelling between Melbourne and Hong Kong each year.” The route will face substantial competition, with Cathay Pacific Airways (three daily flights) and Qantas (daily) both offering services on the 7,406-kilometre sector. See how Melbourne Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.