Virgin Australia has announced that it will resume longhaul operations out of Melbourne Tullamarine Int’l during the second quarter of next year.
Effective April 4, 2017, the carrier will operate a 5x weekly Melbourne – Los Angeles Int’l, United States service using the Boeing 777-300(ER) Aircraft.
The route, a codeshare with transpacific partner Delta Airl Lines, will complement Virgin Australia’s other Los Angeles flights from Sydney Kingsford Smith Int’l and Brisbane Int’l
However, Virgin has noted that in order to resume the Melbourne – Los Angeles route, it will have to cease its current 3x weekly Sydney – Abu Dhabi Int’l service from February 4, 2017. In addition, it will also have to reduce Brisbane – Los Angeles flights from the current 7x weekly frequency, to 6x weekly from April 7, 2017.
In related news, Virgin Australia will launch its first long haul service from Perth Int’l, where it will operate a 3x weekly service to Abu Dhabi, starting June 9, 2017. The airline will operate the route to Etihad Airways’ hub with the Airbus A330-200 Aircraft