Review of Virgin Australia flight Perth Melbourne in Business

Airline Virgin Australia
Flight VA1
Class Business
Seat 1A
Aircraft Airbus A330-200
Flight time 03:30
Take-off 11 Feb 17, 17:00
Arrival at 11 Feb 17, 23:30
VA 65 reviews
Rewardflying
Published on 5th March 2017
photo qf-va cover

The two main Australian carriers, Qantas and Virgin Australia, have intensified competition on the domestic transcon routes between the east and west coasts. Both carriers have installed new business class seats on their A330s that fly these routes. Reward Flying flew Qantas from Melbourne (via Sydney) to Perth and Virgin Australia direct on the return. How did they compare? The results are startling.

Lounge Facilities

Qantas Business Class lounge - Sydney
photo lounge area - qf

Virgin Australia Business Class lounge - Perth
photo lounge area - va

Qantas Business Class lounge - Melbourne
photo lounge composite - qf

Virgin Australia Business Class lounge - Perth
photo lounge composite - va

Qantas - Sydney lounge shower facilities
photo lounge shower 1 - qfphoto lounge shower 2 - qf

Virgin Australia - Perth lounge shower facilities
photo lounge shower 2 - vaphoto lounge shower 3 - va

Aircraft Airbus A330

Business class cabin

Qantas
photo cabin 1 - qf

Virgin Australia
photo cabin 1 - va

Business class seat

Qantas - (Vantage XL)
photo seat 1 - qf

Virgin Australia - (B/E Super Diamond)
photo seat 1 - va

Seat - Armrest

Qantas
photo seat acc arm rest - qf

Virgin Australia
photo seat acc arm rest - va

Center Seats - Privacy Divider

Qantas
photo seat acc divider - qf

Virgin Australia
photo seat acc divider - va

Seat - Control

Qantas
photo seat control - qf

Virgin Australia
photo seat control - va

Seat - Placard / iPad holder

Qantas
photo seat acc ipad - qf

Virgin Australia
photo seat acc ipad - va

IFE Airshow

Qantas
photo ife air show - qf 1

Virgin Australia
photo ife air show - va

Food - Dinner Service

Menu

Qantas
photo menu - qf

Virgin Australia
photo menu - va

Presentation

Qantas
photo food presentation - qf

Virgin Australia
photo food presentation - va

Starter Course

Qantas
photo food app - qf

Virgin Australia
photo food app - va

Main

Qantas
photo food main - qf

Virgin Australia
photo food main - va

Dessert

Qantas
photo food des - qf

Virgin Australia
photo food des - va

Verdict

Qantas
photo salt-pepper qf

Virgin Australia
photo salt-pepper va

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Verdict

Virgin Australia

5.0/10
Cabin5.0
Cabin crew5.0
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Meal/catering5.0

Perth - PER

5.0/10
Efficiency5.0
Access5.0
Services5.0
Cleanliness5.0

Melbourne - MEL

5.0/10
Efficiency5.0
Access5.0
Services5.0
Cleanliness5.0

Conclusion

A random price check for non stop service between MEL and PER shows that the VA service is actually $230 less than on Qantas. Amazingly my Qantas flight was full (in fairness it was a Sunday night flight so it certainly had business people traveling to begin the work week), while the VA flight was less than half full. It's similar to flying NYC-LAX on one of the legacy United's or American's versus Jetblue Mint. The little guy has to try harder.

Information on the route Perth (PER) Melbourne (MEL)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 6 reviews of 4 airlines on the route Perth (PER) → Melbourne (MEL).


Useful

The airline with the best average rating is Qantas with 7.8/10.

The average flight time is 3 hours and 29 minutes.

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4 Comments

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  • Comment 388706 by
    1999 18 Comments

    Really like this comparison and I hope you will extend this way of reporting on further routes.
    Virgin Australia definitely seem to be the best on IFE, catering, seat, privacy and so on. but what about the service onboard ?
    Thanks for this FR

  • Comment 388718 by
    Rewardflying AUTHOR 494 Comments

    Thanks 1999. I might do an A350 comparison with CX and CI. The CX post is coming.

    As far as the service, the VA flight had two of the nicest FA's I've ever had on a flight versus a grumpy FA on QF. No comparison, service on Virgin was superior in every way. An example, when I sat down the head FA on Virgin approached, introduced herself and gave me a bottle of water. The QF FA stood in the galley entry just watching everyone (I have a photo), and I never received a bottle of water the whole flight. Thanks again for reading!

  • Comment 388860 by
    eminere™ 274 Comments

    The coat hook on the QF seat is the notched part of the seat back in your photo of the literature holder.

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