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Virgin Australia Joins Flights To Fiji

Virgin Australia is taking daily flights between Sydney and Nadi from December 23. Virgin Australia joins Fiji Airways and Qantas, to fly between Australia and Fiji during the Christmas period.
29 Sep 2021 10:30
Virgin Australia Joins Flights To Fiji
Virgin Australia plans to be flying Boeing 737-800 to Fiji from December 23.

Virgin Australia is taking daily flights between Sydney and Nadi from December 23.

Virgin Australia joins Fiji Airways and Qantas, to fly between Australia and Fiji during the Christmas period.

This as Australia allows its vaccinated citizens to start travelling to selected countries from mid-December, Simple Flying reported.

Flights to Nadi from Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, will begin barrelling down the runway just in time to rendezvous with Santa in Fiji, Simple Flying reported.

Virgin Australia’s flight 181 will leave Sydney at 8.30am, and land in Nadi four and a half hours later, at 1.45pm.

The return flight, Virgin Australia’s flight 182, will leave Nadi at 2.40pm, and get back into Sydney at 6.25pm.

 

Five flights
On December 23, five flights are scheduled to fly in each direction, between Fiji and Sydney, Simple Flying said.

“That’s indicative of the hope, and money, riding on the expected December 17 Australian border re-opening happening,” the website said.

“Also commencing on December 23 are Virgin Australia flights between Brisbane and Nadi.

“Virgin Australia’s flight 175 will leave Brisbane at 9.15am each morning for the three hours and forty-minute hop over to Nadi, landing here at 2.55pm.”

Heading back, Virgin Australia’s flight 178 will push back from Nadi at 3.45pm and arrive in Brisbane at 5.50pm, Simple Flying said.

Restarting on December 24 are daily flights between Melbourne and Nadi.

Virgin Australia’s flight 195 will push back from Melbourne at 9.10am, spend five hours in the air, and land at Nadi at 3.10pm.

The return flight, Virgin Australia flight 198, leaves Nadi at 4.10pm, and gets back to Melbourne at 8.45pm.

 

Virgin Australia
Denpasar, New Zealand airports, Port Vila in Vanuatu, Honiara in the Solomon Islands, and Apia in Samoa, are other destinations listed on Virgin Australia’s website.

However, Virgin Australia has no flights to any destination in New Zealand until the end of March.

In the first half of 2020, as the international travel demand dried up, and Virgin Australia slid towards administration, the airline walked away from international flying.

The airline took a lot of pride in it’s flagship Boeing 777 flights to places like Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

The decision was a blow for regular passengers too.

The Virgin Australia international product was good, frequently exceptionally good, Simple Flying said.

But as the airline fought its way through administration, there was a pivot back to core operations – flying trunk routes within Australia.

It was a sensible strategy, but it seemed to mark the end of the airline’s international ambitions.

At the same time, Virgin Australia offloaded its long haul fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 planes.

That put the nails in Virgin Australia’s long-haul flying coffin.

 

Some noises
But there were some noises about resuming short-haul international flying using the surviving Boeing 737-800 aircraft, when the flying environment improved.

Now Virgin Australia looks likely to make good on that.

By scheduling and selling flights to Fiji and Bali, the airline is clearly banking on Fiji emerging as a Christmas holiday hotspot, with Bali only a few months behind.

 

Feedback: frederica.elbourne@fijisun.com.fj



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