Virgin Australia today announced plans to launch a route between Sydney and Hong Kong – increasing its presence into Greater China.
Subject to authorisation, the carrier plans to operate daily return services between the two cities with its dual aisle Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
Virgin Australia wants start services between Sydney and Hong Kong in mid-2018, subject to relevant approvals.
The announcement comes just seven months after Virgin Australia commenced its inaugural flights to Hong Kong from Melbourne, bringing choice and competition on this route.
Virgin Australia Group chief executive officer, John Borghetti said: “Expanding our presence into Greater China is a key pillar of our international strategy, and today we are building on the positive momentum created since the launch of our Melbourne-Hong Kong flights.
“The new Sydney-Hong Kong service will link two global destinations and will allow Virgin Australia to further access the fastest growing and most valuable Australian inbound market, China, with our alliance partner Hong Kong Airlines. The service will also connect with Virgin Atlantic Airway’s flights to London.
“Virgin Australia has been “shaking up” the Australia-Hong Kong market by introducing lower fares and its award-winning in-flight product and service since it began its first Melbourne-Hong Kong flight last year.”