Monday, January 16th, 2012

Virgin Australia now flying to Emerald plus adds Airbus A330 services from Melbourne

Virgin Australia ATR72 at Emerald Airport

Let’s start the year with good news!

Not only have we begun the year with the inaugural commercial flight between Brisbane and Emerald, but we have announced that from today, tickets are on-sale for a double daily return service between Melbourne and Perth, operated by our Airbus A330.

From May 14th 2012, the Airbus A330 will operate two daily return services including a daily peak-return morning service from Melbourne to Sydney.

Airbus A330 VH-XFB takes off

Daily Airbus A330 flights to Perth will depart at 1pm and 5.30pm local Melbourne time, arriving Perth at 3.15pm and 7.45pm respectively local Perth time.

Return flights from Perth depart at 8.30am and 5.30pm local Perth time, arriving in Melbourne at 1.45pm and 10.45pm respectively local Melbourne time.

The daily Airbus A330 service between Melbourne and Sydney will depart at 7.15am local Melbourne time, arriving Sydney at 8.40am. The return service will depart Sydney at 10.00am local Sydney time, arriving Melbourne at 11.35am.

By already having our designer Lounge at Melbourne Domestic Airport, and thanks to the wide-body Airbus, we will now be able to offer our full premium Business and Economy class service, for our guests that fly out of Melbourne as well as Sydney and Perth.

To book your next flight from Melbourne visit our website.


Late in 2011 we announced that we would begin a new route between Brisbane and the Queensland Central Highlands city of Emerald.

Virgin Australia's Inaugural Emerald flight has landed

This morning the inaugural flight, where the ATR72, registration VH-FVH and operating as DJ1255, left a very wet Brisbane Airport.

Ninety minutes and 900 kilometres later, the French built aircraft, named “Four Mile Beach” after the beautiful Port Douglas beach, touched down completing her first commercial flight to the Queensland town of Emerald.

It was great to see such a good turn out to the aircraft’s arrival, as well as the community day that the Emerald Airport and Central Highlands Regional Council hosted on January 7th, where the wider Emerald community was able to get up close to the new aircraft and ask our staff and crew a variety of questions.

An area known for its rich, resource-heavy economy, the flight north certainly shows the diversity of the Queensland landscape, from the urban sprawl of Brisbane to the gorgeous Sunshine Coast beaches. Then veering inland and travelling over the browns and green shades of regional Queensland. It’s actually quite a sight to see the various types of emerald green that cover the central highlands area; clearly a benefit of the amount of rain that has fallen on the area over the past 12 months.

Morning flights Monday through Friday from Brisbane will depart at 5.45am, arriving in Emerald at 7.40am; with a return flight departing Emerald at 8.10am, arriving in Brisbane at 9.55am. Afternoon flights will depart Brisbane at 4.00pm, arriving in Emerald at 5.55pm; with a return flight departing Emerald at 6.25pm, arriving in Brisbane at 8.10pm. Sunday afternoon services will also operate to this schedule.

In addition to this newest route, we operate the ATR on:

* Double daily week-day return services between Brisbane and Gladstone

* Daily return services between Brisbane and Port Macquarie

* Double daily services between Sydney and Port Macquarie

* Up to six daily return services between Sydney to Canberra

View from the ATR72 over the Central Highlands of Queensland

View from the ATR72 over the Central Highlands of Queensland

The patchwork field design of Central Queensland

The patchwork field design of Central Queensland

Emerald Airport Virgin Australia Check in

Emerald Airport Virgin Australia Check in

Have you flown or are you planning to fly on our ATR72? We would love to hear your feedback as to your experiences as well as any tips for those not familiar to some of our newest destinations!

One Response

  1. nile January 18, 2012 at 11:20 am

    good sharing~