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I took this trip 13 months ago and I thought I upload it here, because I haven't seeing any trip report on Flight-Report.com on Dili Timor Leste.
Warning, this is a heavy report with loads of pictures! This is the first part flying Virgin Australia Melbourne to Darwin.
Introduction The trip started at midnight, making my way to Melbourne Airport to catch the redeye flight operated by Virgin Australia (VA 1457). The flight departs at 01:45AM and arrives in Darwin 05:45AM.
Check-in was smooth and quick using the priority lane, and my bags were tagged priority. Soon I made my way to the landside lounge.
The Lounge Virgin's expanded Melbourne lounge is huge and since its midnight, the entire 1,209 square meters lounge had … 5 passengers!
It was like a private club.
On either side of the lounge, there are espresso bars, and plenty of seating.
Since it was past midnight, they did not have a buffet food spread available, only cookies and apples.
However, the bar remains open and you can ask for anything you wanted to drink.
The Flight Virgin Australia VA 1457 Boeing 737 Depart Melbourne 01:45AM - Arrive Darwin 05:45AM Seat 2D
Boarding commenced around 01:30AM, but by the time I arrived at gate 4, almost everybody had boarded. Surprisingly the business class cabin was half full, with four out of eight seats taken.
I have flown this red eye flight many times and usually I am the only passenger in business. I was warmly welcomed by the cabin supervisor Vanessa and a water or orange juice was offered. I chose the water.
The amenity kit The amenity kit consisted of a pack of tissues, toothbrush and toothpaste, ear buds, eye shades, socks and a pen, in a drawstring bag. There was also a pillow and blanket on the seat. The pillow is small and very soft. I think I would prefer a bigger pillow with more cushion. However the blanket was thick, so you don't feel cold.
The seat Business class on Virgin Australia's 737 is a limited recliner seat with 38-inch pitch, which is similar to the Premium Economy seats you find on international airlines. I was seated in 1A, right up the front at the bulkhead. I didn't take photos of the seat unfortunately. So here are pictures from official marketing material.
I find the seat comfortable for daytime and evening flights, but to sleep, it is difficult. Therefore on this red eye flight, I barely slept.
The cabin service Since it is a red eye flight, service was minimal to allow passengers to sleep. Virgin Australia does not hand out menus for business class, instead the cabin supervisor, Vanessa, came around to tell each passenger that we would be served carrot soup and berry cake for dessert.
Vanessa asked if I wanted to be woken up for breakfast, and I said yes of course, because I have to take pictures for a trip report!
The catering I started with beer and nuts and pretzels served in a dish.
It was followed by carrot soup, which was tasty and slightly spiced, with sautéed mushroom sprinkled on top. Vanessa came around with warm bread rolls and offered me a glass of Merlot.
I did not catch the name of the wine but I figured I needed to drink to induce me to sleep! So I had two glasses, unfortunately that trick did not work this time!
Approximately an hour before arriving in Darwin, Vanessa came around with breakfast. It is around 04:30AM, so the breakfast was very light, consisting a bowl of fruit salad, banana muffin, and white coffee.
Virgin Blue The Lounge
Melbourne - MEL
Darwin - DRW
Virgin Australia keeps the service minimal for the red eye flight to allow passengers to sleep. Vanessa was really attentive and consistently checked on the passengers to see if you wanted anything else. I asked for baileys on the rocks, and that was promptly served. As I said, the seat is comfortable if you are not trying to sleep, because it is only 38 inch pitch. Having said that, I would take Australian business class over Euro business any day!
Thank you reading, my next post will feature Air North Darwin to Dili, Timor Leste.
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