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Virgin Australia Short Haul Business Class : Melbourne to Brisbane B737-800

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Virgin have had short haul business class on domestic for a few years now. I have read mixed reviews on the product with some experiencing great service and others being almost ignored. Here is my experience on a recent trip.
FLIGHT: Virgin Australia VA309 ROUTE: Melbourne to Brisbane AIRCRAFT: Boeing 737-800 VH-VUJ (almost 10 years old) DEPARTURE: 7.00AM ARRIVAL: 8.10AM DURATION: 2 hrs 10 min
My flight this morning was operated by VH-VUJ. This aircraft is almost 10 years old, delivered to Virgin Blue in 2006 and later repainted to the current Virgin Australia livery. The aircraft, like all the other VA 737-800's, has 8 business seats and 168 economy. I was in seat 1A for this sector.
Upon arrival at the terminal I headed to the Virgin Australia lounge and snapped a pic of my aircraft which was parked right nearby:

The Qantas A330 Suites Experience : Perth to Melbourne

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With the suites upgrade on Qantas A330s almost complete, flights across the country are going to finally have a consistent business class product. Here we have my experience about 6 months ago on a dinnertime flight, Perth to Melbourne.


The Qantaslink (Network Aviation) Fokker 100 : Geraldton to Perth

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Just before Christmas I flew over to WA to fly on the Fokker 50 before they were retired from Virgin Australia's fleet. I happened to find myself in Geraldton, an interesting town with some interesting characters. Having flown 3 sectors on the F50 it was time to go back to Melbourne and I redeemed some Qantas points to do it. The routing was Geraldton-Perth-Melbourne and the first leg was on the Fokker 100. This would be a first flight for me on this aircraft type which has become the standard type in use in the WA mining market. It's an aircraft that is long out of production and most airlines have retired it (or are in the process of doing so) but it's somehow found a niche here in Australia and in particular, Western Australia.
Flight: QF1619 (Qantaslink operated by Network Aviation) Route: Geraldton to Perth Aircraft: Fokker 100 VH-NHJ Departure: 08.40 AM Arrival: 09.45 AM Flight Duration: 1 hour 05 minutes
Qantaslink recently stopped flying the Q400 in WA and to replace it…

Velocity American Express Platinum - NOW 100,000 Points!

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Follow my link to get an increased offer of 100,000 Velocity points when signing up for the American Express velocity platinum card. This is an amazing deal and would get you a business class flight from Australia to Los Angeles with Virgin Australia, one way. Follow the link for more details, the general public offer is only 50,000 points but with my referral your bonus is doubled! Click HERE