Incredible experience on Virgin Australia: Sneak Peek

I’m still in Australia on vacation through next week, so I apologize in advance for the light blog posts. That said, I have to provide a teaser of forthcoming posts about my experiences flying Virgin Australia. Full reviews of flying business class with them Sydney-Perth-Sydney (and their airport lounges) will be forthcoming here on FrequentlyFlying, as well as on my Road Warrior blog on CNBC.

In the meantime, here are a few teaser pics of my experience. I literally took hundreds of photos, so I’ll somehow narrow them down into the “best of the best†to publish for everyone to enjoy. My outbound to Perth was on an “old†A330 in the 2-3-2 configuration and I returned on the “new†2-2-2 bird. Pretty cool, actually, to experience them both.

I have to send out a HUGE thanks to cabin supervisor Adam who was particularly accommodating in allowing me to board early on both flights to take oodles of cabin pictures (not to mention him being such a cool person). And I have to give an equal “shout out†to flight attendant Anneleise who was by far the most authentic and service-oriented flight attendant I’ve experienced on any airline in years. I had such a wonderful time flying with them both.

a row of seats in an airplane


a plate of food on a tray
a plate of food with green and red sauce

Main course SYD-PER


a large white airplane on a runway

My chariot PER-SYD

a plane with seats and windows
a plate of food and a bowl of salad on a tray

The most tender beef dish I've ever had on an airplane




  1. Loving the inflight meal photos! So it looks as though the Luke Mangan inflight meals are pretty good then? They look great, I love it how the meals are actually cooked on the day of departure, then the cabin crew garnish and plate it up ever so nicely!

    • @Nikos: Just wait… there will be more meal photos. I was able to sample another main course on my outbound, in fact. The Luke Mangan meals are incredible – puts everything transcon and internationally to shame on any U.S. carrier.

  2. Virgin are trying really hard in oz, it’s really nice to see. Doing great stuff in the premium cabins. Not sure about Y class though!

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