If you have a business class ticket, the perks kick in before you even step on the plane. You’re entitled to priority check-in, boarding, baggage screening and baggage handling. You’ll also get a generous baggage allowance. You can bring two pieces of luggage, up to 32kg each, and two pieces of carry-on luggage, up to 7kg each.
You can also relax in style with complimentary lounge access as well as a valet service if you’re flying out of Sydney Airport. If you’re flying business class on an international long-haul service, you can even book a limousine service to take you to and from participating airports.
Depending on the specific lounge, you can usually expect shower facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi and entertainment. You can usually treat yourself to complimentary snacks as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. You can also enjoy freshly made barista coffee and a fully-stocked bar.
Frequent flyer perks
If you’re a Velocity Frequent Flyer, you can look forward to higher earn rates for points and status credits when you’re flying business class. For example, if you’re flying a Virgin Australia international short-haul flight, you’ll earn 2 Velocity Points per mile travelled in business in comparison to 0.5 Velocity Points per mile if you were to travel in economy class. So shelling out the points or cash for a business class flight could help you earn more points in the long run.
Virgin Australia’s philosophy when it comes to business class is to cater your private suite where you can relax in (or work from) your luxurious leather seat. The seats are in a 1-2-1 configuration, and Virgin Australia describes them as being cocoon-like. This is an industry-standard and guarantees that all seats have direct aisle access. All seats are equipped with limited storage space and in-seat laptop power.
If you are travelling with someone, you can combine the middle seats to create a semi-private suite. Business class on the A330 houses a total number of 20 seats with each seat measuring 157cm in pitch and 50 cm in width. The seats can be reclined at a 180-degree angle and come with luxurious leather upholstery and ergonomic footrests. You can also request a turndown service and the crew will set up the bed for you. To ensure a restful sleep, you’ll be provided with pillows, a duvet and pyjamas designed by Juli Grbac.
The amenities kit comes packed in a comfy Mandarina Duck bag and includes a dental kit, ear plugs, an eye mask and a basket of REN cosmetics as well as skincare products. The amenities kit is not ultra-luxurious, but it attends to the demand of the average business class traveller.
You can keep yourself occupied while in the air with more than 500 hours of movies and TV shows on a 16-inch touch screen coupled with noise-cancelling headphones. You can also access the entertainment system via your own tablet and laptop. If you’re in the mood for some light reading, you can also check out the in-flight Voyeur magazine for informative travel and lifestyle articles.
If you prefer to pack your own entertainment or need to get some work done, each seat comes with a power outlet along with an in-seat USB port. The in-flight Wi-Fi services are currently being trialled and are scheduled to be rolled out across the A330 fleet by 2019.
The business à la carte menu is curated by the renowned chef Luke Mangan, who has crafted cuisine that is light, fresh yet filling. The selection of dishes reflects authentic Australian cuisine and is complemented by a diverse range of wine that has been hand-picked by a boutique Australian winery.
You can also enjoy a beverage at the business class bar, which boasts a variety of excellent spirits, boutique wines and leading Australian beers. For non-alcoholic drinks, you can choose from soft drinks, juices and barista-style coffee. The bar provides room for up to 10 people to socialise, work or unwind.
Virgin Australia has about six A330s primarily serving domestic routes. The following routes are served by Virgin Australia’s A330s:
Sydney - Melbourne
Sydney - Brisbane
Sydney - Perth
Melbourne - Perth
Melbourne - Hong Kong
Brisbane - Perth
Business class on Virgin Australia’s A330s is a luxurious experience that sets the benchmark for other airlines to follow. The pre-flight privileges ensure that you get priority treatment, and Velocity Frequent Flyers can take advantage of more competitive earn rates. The three-course meal, wine selection and fully-flat beds also ensure that you fly in maximum comfort. All in all, flying business class with Virgin Australia could be worth the extra cash or points.
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