Virgin Australia announces direct flights between Hobart and Perth…. Will it be as popular as they are suggesting?

Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 (VH-VUU)

Virgin Australia News
Date Posted: 28/07/2018

When you think of new routes you don’t always associate that with Virgin Australia, with the announcement of a new route commencing between Hobart and Perth from the 17 September 2018. Virgin Australia is the only airline in Australia to offer this route, leading to many wondering if it is going to be a popular route.

Virgin Australia will operate three flights per week between Perth and Hobart, utilizing the airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

The Boeing 737-800 used on this route will be configured in a three-class configuration, with Business, Economy X and Economy classes on board.

Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 Seat Map (Image: SeatGuru)

Business class will see a maximum capacity of eight passengers, seating in a 2-2 configuration. The seats offer passengers a pitch of 37’ and a seat width of 19.5’, these seats also recline for maximum comfort. Economy X is Virgin Australia’s take on a more premium, exclusive economy section offering passengers seated in rows three to five and thirteen and fourteen with extra legroom, preferred access to overhead storage bins as well as priority boarding and priority screening at the airport prior to boarding. The economy class section seats 138 passengers in a 3-3 configuration.

Business class will see a maximum capacity of eight passengers, seating in a 2-2 configuration. The seats offer passengers a pitch of 37’ and a seat width of 19.5’, these seats also recline for maximum comfort. Economy X is Virgin Australia’s take on a more premium, exclusive economy section offering passengers seated in rows three to five and thirteen and fourteen with extra legroom, preferred access to overhead storage bins as well as priority boarding and priority screening at the airport prior to boarding. The economy class section seats 138 passengers in a 3-3 configuration.

“Virgin Australia is proud to deliver a faster, more convenient and affordable way to travel between Hobart to Perth” said Virgin Australia’s General Manager, Russell Shaw.

The new route provides Virgin Australian travellers with greater opportunities to explore Hobart and its surrounds, taking into account all the great things there are to do there. The premier of Tasmania, the Honourable Will Hodgman, heralded the benefit that the new route will bring to their own tourism industry. “The Tasmanian Government warmly welcomes this new service which will increase the opportunity for people to experience Tasmania’s unrivalled natural environment, world class produce and events.” Said Mr. Hodgman.

Hobart Airport Chief Executive Officer, Sarah Renner also welcomed the announcement and re-enforced the benefits to the Tasmanian tourism industry while also opening up access to Australia’s most western capital Perth to Hobart residents. “The new path has the potential to grow tourism visitation to both states and allow for easier access for business travellers and those visiting friends and relatives.” she added.

Perth CBD

Virgin Australia said in a recent media release that Perth is one of the most popular destination for guests  travelling out of Tasmania, which makes you wonder why no other airline has implemented this route if it is so popular, but there is no doubting that Perth is a growing travel destination. Virgin Australia will provide 1,056 seats each week with the thrice-weekly service. This new service will reduce the overall travelling time to get to and from Perth as there is now no need to connect via Melbourne or Sydney.

Virgin has also increased their capacity on several Tasmanian routes by up to 2 per cent, including two weekly return serviced between Brisbane and Hobart, two weekly return flights between Sydney and Hobart and a seasonal, once a week service between Brisbane and Launceston.

Only time will tell how popular this flight is between these two great Australian capital cities, but there is no doubt that both cities will benefit from the increased traffic along with an increase on tourism.

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