Virgin Australia Airlines added its fourth domestic link to Hobart in Tasmania on 17 September when it operated its inaugural flight from Perth. It will serve the 3,013-kilometre sector three times weekly with 737-800s and there is no direct competition. The first arrival is pictured here, having just received the traditional water arch welcome from Hobart’s firefighters.
- Virgin Australia Airlines added a new domestic connection on 17 September, when it introduced three times weekly services between Perth (PER) and Hobart (HBA) in Tasmania. The airline will deploy 737-800s on the 3,013-kilometre airport pair and there is no direct competition. Debra Blaskett, Chief Corporate Service Officer, Perth Airport, said the new route creates an important connection between the two state capitals. “It will save passengers at least an hour of travelling time, giving them extra time to explore the unique attractions of each city. It’s great news for Western Australians wanting to discover Tasmania; it’s also great news for Tasmanians wanting to come to WA.” Perth becomes Virgin Australia’s fourth domestic link to Hobart, with the carrier already operating to the Tasmanian airport from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. See how this route does in the weekly Arch of Triumph competition.