Virgin Australia has reversed its dropping of non-stop flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles in October 2014 and will restore its 777-300ERs to the route five times weekly from April 4 next year.
These are the refurbished 777s and there is nothing with anything like their amenity flying the Australia-America routes, not even the Qantas A380s.
For its previously spurned Melbourne flyers to America, this looks like Virgin Australia seeking redemption.
It will also launch Perth-Abu Dhabi A330-200 flights three times weekly from June 9 next year.
This reallocation of 777 and A330 capacity will see Virgin Australia drop its three times weekly Sydney-Abu Dhabi 777 flights after next February 4 and reduce Brisbane-Los Angeles 777 flights from seven to six per week from April 7.
However Virgin Australia’s major investor, Etihad, will replace that capacity on the Sydney-Abu Dhabi route with an additional three of its own 777 services. Etihad also has daily Airbus A380s on its Abu Dhabi services from Sydney and Melbourne.