Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Virgin Australia to expand regional network

Virgin Australia ATR 72

Today we have announced the first routes for our new ATR aircraft, under the regional alliance with Skywest (subject to regulatory approval).

From October 2011 we will commence new services from Brisbane to Gladstone (double daily service) and Brisbane to Port Macquarie (daily return service) plus add extra services between Canberra and Sydney, bringing the total number of flights between the two cities to 60 each week.

16 Responses

  1. Chad July 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm


  2. Jordan Smith July 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Boy does the ATR look sexy with the new colours! Just a quick question who is actually operating the services e.g. cabin crew, I would love to work on one of these beauties and cant find any of the information about applying for the ATR. Thanks

  3. Andrew July 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Any idea when you will start selling the BNE-GLT fares?

  4. Aaron Bradford July 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    @Jordan Smith, Skywest will be crewing the ATRs.

  5. Lynda July 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Pls pls pls tell me what times will u fly Port to Brisbane / Brisbane to Port? My husband flys this route every fortnight….

  6. Nathan Xu July 28, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Please also consider Geraldton to Perth.

  7. Benjamin Handley July 28, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    It looks amazing in the new livery! Hmmm I must source a desk model of this this… Nice work Virgin Australia!

  8. Coin July 28, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    FINALLY: We will be able to fly north from Port Mac without flying to Sydney first. Now we have to fly from Port to Sydney then to Brisbane. We have NOT been able to fly direct to Brissy.✔ Hooobloodyray!!

    Have you finalized the flight times yet.


    ❤☛Love you Richard!!☚❤

  9. Michael July 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Great news the last couple of times I have had to travel to Gladstone I’ve ended up flying to Rocky and hiring a car to drive back to Gladstone because of the availability of direct flights.

  10. Alan Girvan July 29, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    just wondering if the inflight catering on the ATRs will be similar to jet services?

  11. Dean July 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    We don’t have this info at hand just yet, but rest assured it will be known prior to tickets going on sale!

  12. Dean July 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    The flying schedule will be publicised when tickets go on sale.

  13. Dean July 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Thanks Benjamin

  14. Joe July 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Will you be considering regional flights from Brisbane to tamworth.

  15. Dean August 1, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Hi Joe, we are always reviewing our network (where we fly) and schedule (when we fly), though at this stage I don’t we don’t have any news regarding Tamworth.