Pleasantly Surprised with Virgin Australia Service Canberra-Perth via Sydney
So, I went to Perth last weekend. The last time I flew there was almost 2 years ago.
I’ve caught a lot of domestic flights (Virgin and Qantas) on the East Coast, but not coast to coast. I took Virgin from Canberra to Perth via Sydney. On the way back, I took Qantas direct flight from Perth to Canberra.
Anyway.. Virgin, budget carrier, no expectation, but..
I was surprised when they fed us on the way to Sydney. Apparently flights between 4pm-7pm, to and from Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney are considered capital connect and that means we got complimentary beverages and snack. I haven’t taken these flights before as I usually took morning or lunch-time flights.
I don’t usually drink alcohol so can’t comment on the wine but the snack we got was cheese crackers. It’s not one of those cheaply packed cheese and water crackers you can get from supermarket. It is actually very nice, very high quality gourmet cheddar cheese with some nice crackers too.
The plane was delayed by one hour in Sydney, so my transit time was increased from 2 to 3 hours. Considering, I was recently delayed by 10 hours by Air Pacific/Qantas code share to Fiji in December, this is no biggie.
The real surprise was when I board the flights to Perth. Virgin must have just refreshed their fleets. The Airbus A330 has brand-new leather seats, almost empty flights (so we can sprawl across 4 seats in the middle, if we want) and free movies. I also loved the disney-quality animated safety video Virgin has. This is the first time I actually watched safety video from start to finish. I haven’t done this since I was a child. The guy in that video looked like that dude from the Tangled movie. Here’s the video..
On the way back, Qantas use smaller plane. There’s no delay. The flight was also almost empty. There’s no free in-flight entertainment on-board… which is annoying for long flights. However the staff were quite attentive, and food and drinks were served on regular interval.