Virgin Australia VA878 : Boeing 737-800 Sydney to Melbourne in Economy
It is probably obvious to my readers that I am more of a Qantas/Jetstar flyer domestically in Australia, but in the interests of fairness here is a look at a short flight I took recently on Virgin Australia between Sydney and Melbourne. The flight is VA878, the 6.30pm departure from Sydney with an arrival time of 8.05pm.
The flight I took was being operated by VH-VUN which is still in it's red Pacific Blue colour scheme. I assume it will be repainted fairly soon into the much more stylish and modern Virgin Australia scheme. Here is what VH-VUN looks like at the moment:
Despite the old colour scheme the aircraft isn't all that old at all. It was 6.5 years old at the time of writing and was fitted out inside with the current Virgin Australia cabin featuring leather seats and an 8 seat business class cabin. The economy cabin has 168 seats with 31 inches of pitch.
I am a mere silver member with Virgin now which means no lounge access I'm afraid. Instead I had a couple of drinks in the T2 food court/bar area which has great views of the apron between the two terminal piers.
With boarding time approaching I headed to the gate, there was a friendly welcome on board at the door from the cabin crew. My travel companion and I headed to seat 5A and 5B and got comfortable.
|Leg room is as expected|
|Wireless entertainment as seen on an iPad mini|
|Live moving map display on an iPad|
|The moving map display as seen from my laptop|
Tonight's offering was a fruit and nut snack mix along with beverage of your choice. I had a mini bottle of white wine which was a 'Talinga Park' Semillon Sauvignon Blanc. It was ok and as expected for a free drink on a domestic economy sector. It's nice to have a drink and something to nibble on as you enjoy the inflight entertainment.
The cabin crew didn't seem overly excited to be there on my flight though, but perhaps it was the end of their day. Not many smiles to be seen sadly, just doing what was required and nothing further.
With my wine and snack finished we were soon on descent to Melbourne, the flight taking just 60 minutes in the air. As I disembarked I thought to myself how far the airline has come since it's humble beginnings as a low cost carrier in 2001. Back then the airline was a bit of a joke to me but they have now become a large and professional full service carrier and a worthy competitor to Qantas in Australia. I hope they both can thrive and provide the Australian public with continuing great service!