Virgin Australia today launched its inaugural flight between Hong Kong and Sydney, further expanding the airline’s international network and Greater China presence.

The airline now operates daily services between Hong Kong and Sydney, utilising its Airbus A330-200 fleet which features the 20 Business Class suites in a 1-2-1 configuration, as well as 255 economy seats in a 2-4-2 configuration.

“Australia’s most valuable and largest inbound tourism market”

Virgin Australia Group CEO and managing director, John Borghetti AO, said: “Today marks an important milestone for Virgin Australia as we launch our second route from Hong Kong to Sydney.”

“Hong Kong is an important gateway to China, which is Australia’s most valuable and largest inbound tourism market. Through our Hong Kong services and world-class alliance partners, we’re able to capitalise on this growth, which has positive flow on effects to both economies.

“Guests can now travel beyond Hong Kong to 17 destinations within China with Hong Kong Airlines and Hainan Airlines or to London via our codeshare partnership with Virgin Atlantic Airways.

“Virgin Australia is proud to bring more competition, value and choice to Hong Kong travellers with our new Hong Kong to Sydney daily service.”

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The Hong Kong to Sydney service, effective 2 July, is as follows: flight VA82 leaves Hong Kong at 1950 local time and arrives in Sydney at 0710 the next morning. The return service, flight VA83, leaves Sydney at 1000 and arrives in Hong Kong at 1740.

Hong Kong check-in

In-town check-in and bag drop will be available for all Virgin Australia flights to Sydney at both Hong Kong and Kowloon Mass Transit Railway Stations and is open until two hours prior to departure. Guests travelling without baggage are also permitted to use in-town check-in for their flight the day prior to departure.

Virgin Australia guests transferring from ferry ports within the Pearl River Delta and Macau to Hong Kong International Airport are welcome to use the check-in and bag drop facilities available at Sky Pier, which closes 1 hour, 50 minutes prior to departure.

For guests departing Hong Kong, Business Class guests, as well as eligible members of Virgin Australia’s loyalty programme Velocity Frequent Flyer, are granted entry into Hong Kong Airline’s Club Autus Lounge located in the Midfield Concourse on Level 7 of Hong Kong International Airport.

Also available are the Hainan Airlines-operated lounges in Beijing T1, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Urumqi, Taiyuan and Haikou. In Sydney and Melbourne, eligible guests are permitted entry into the Etihad First & Business Class Lounge.

The prices of the service are as follows: one Economy Class seat starts from $575 + taxes and fees; one Economy X seat starts from $600 + taxes and fees, and one Business Class seat starts from $2,300 + taxes and fees.

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