Virgin Australia Launches Business Class Trans-Tasman

27 February 2015
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Virgin Australia's award-winning Business Class is set to fly across the Tasman tomorrow as part of the progressive roll-out to New Zealand and Pacific Islands.

The inaugural flight will be Auckland to Sydney return showcasing the airline's premium service offering on the Trans-Tasman route.

 Virgin Australia 737-800 Business Class cabin view.

A progressive refit on 10 of the airline’s Boeing 737 fleet is currently underway with other services coming into effect from 31 March 2015.

The aircraft are being reconfigured with 2x2 business class configuration. Virgin Australia business class feature luxury leather seating, menus designed by resident head chef Luke Mangan, as well as the introduction of priority services including check-in and boarding.

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Virgin Australia Chief Commercial Officer Judith Crompton commented, “With Virgin Australia’s renowned Business Class making its inaugural flight across the Tasman tomorrow, this is a significant milestone for Virgin Australia.

The Trans-Tasman and Pacific Island routes remain a very strong focus for us and importantly, customers travelling in these markets now have more choice when it comes to business and premium leisure travel.

The enhancement also allows us to offer a consistent customer proposition in conjunction with our alliance partner Air New Zealand.”


  • Luxury leather seating with 38” seat pitch on the Boeing 737
  • Comfort packs with luxurious blankets, pillows, and International-style amenity kits including Australian organic cosmetics by GROWN for flights over three hours
  • Newspapers until noon daily
  • Exclusive Luke Mangan gourmet full service dining experience
  • Premium Australian wines, beers, and spirit selection
  • Gourmet tea selection from Madame Flavour
  • Priority baggage service where available
 Virgin Australia 737-800 Business Class cabin view.

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