This is my first every trip report on A.net but recently tried out Virgin Australia’s Airbus A330-200 service between Sydney to Hong Kong and wanted to share it. I normally upload my videos to Youtube however wanted to write this trip report too. If you are keen to watch my video it can be found at: https://youtu.be/qGc3ZHGQTS4Check-In:
For this flight I was transferring from a Virgin Australia domestic flight to the international leg of my trip in Sydney, therefore my bags had already been checked in through to Hong Kong. Sydney’s domestic and international terminal are not connected, and a bus transfer is required. This is a great opportunity to do some spotting between terminals. I was lucky enough to be up close to a Virgin A330-200 as it arrived however not my plane for this trip.Lounge:
The lounge at Sydney used by Virgin Australia has been recently rebranded to “The House” this lounge is used by both Virgin Australia and Etihad. The lounge has a well-stocked bar, buffet and restaurant style dining on demand. The food selection was great, and the ambiance was nice and relaxing.Departure:
No announcements are made in the lounge in relation to boarding of aircraft, so I headed to the gate with plenty of time. As I was travelling in Business Class, I was given priority boarding. My flight departed on time and took off from Runway 16R Southbound before banking right toward Hong Kong.Seat and Food:
I absolutely love the seats in Virgin Australia’s Business Class. They are in a 1-2-1 reverse herringbone configuration. This gives them ample amounts of privacy. As always, the window seat are geared toward solo travellers and the middle two for couples.
For this flight there are two meal services, a main meal about 30 minutes after take-off and then a light snack about 1 hours before arrival. The meal service starts with some nice olives and biscuits with your choice of beverage. Then followed by an entrée and main. The second meal served was a selection of dumpling. Both meals were fantastic and delicious.Arrival:
Total flight time for this trip was just under 8hr30, we made great time to Hong Kong however were put in a holding pattern due to traffic. VA uses the midfield concourse gate at HKIA meaning a train connection is required to get from the gate to the baggage and immigration hall.Review Summary:
Overall this flight was a great experience and one I highly recommend. Virgin Australia have not long been operating direct flights from Sydney to Hong Kong, with the main provider previously being Cathay Pacific. Virgin Australia really give CX a run for their money service wise, providing excellent hospitality. VA’s reverse herringbone seat is on par with CXs A350 layout but where VA wins is the cost of the ticket. On this flight VA was 30% cheaper than CX.
Thanks for reading this review, as I mentioned I normally post my flight videos to Youtube and you can find this one at the link below.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGc3ZHGQTS4