Virgin Australia’s now connecting Newcastle and Auckland with direct flights to commence in late-November

Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 (VH-YIT)

Virgin Australia News
Date Posted: 30/07/2018

For the first time in sixteen years, travellers will be able to fly directly between Newcastle and Auckland. Opening up an immense tourism boost to both Newcastle and Auckland. This is a first for Virgin Australia and also the first international flight from the newly upgraded Newcastle Airport Terminal.

The new service will be a thrice-weekly service during the peak holiday period from 22 November 2018 to 17 February 2019. The flight is scheduled to be operated by the airlines Boeing 737-800 fleet, offering a total of 176 revenue seats for passengers segmented across three cabin classes.

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.

Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormak MP mentioned that Newcastle is now a major gateway into New South Wales which is now playing an important role in global connectivity, by facilitating travel and tourism opportunities between Australia and New Zealand.

“These flights will help drive regional tourism growth and dispersal of visitors to Australia’s most popular and much loved tourism destinations.” Mr McCormak added.

Newcastle to Auckland Flights (Image: Virgin Australia)

Both Australia and New Zealand are strong tourism destinations with over 2.8 million passengers travelling between these two destinations each year, with Virgin Australia now providing and additional 13,000 seats during this coming peak holiday season later in the year.

Virgin Australia’s General Manager, Russel Shaw said “ Virgin Australia is proud to provide the regional New South Wales community with increased travel choices and convenience, and a much more seamless international travel experience.”

“With this direct flight, local residents will arrive in Auckland with three hours, ensuring they have more time to enjoy the breathtaking sights and incredible experiences New Zealand is famous for.” he commented.

There is no doubt that Newcastle and the greater Hunter Region will benefit from the increased tourism and economic benefits with New Zealand residents now able to travel directly to Newcastle, and explore the region and all that it has to offer including wineries, restaurants and pristine beaches.

Auckland City Skyline

“Newcastle Airport is delighted to be working in partnership with Virgin Australia to provide our region with the international connectivity it deserves. Community support for direct international services has been extremely strong. New Zealand is our number one unserved market, so it is fitting that the first flight through our new international facilities will be servicing Auckland.” Said Newcastle Airport’s CEO, Dr Peter Cock.

“This seasonal flight is a huge step forward in becoming a second international gateway into NSW. We express our gratitude to our shareholders and local, state and federal government stakeholders for supporting our vision to deliver the Airport the region deserves,’ Dr Cock added.

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