Virgin Australia

(VA / VAU)



Destinations of their 777s

Hub(s): MEL, SYD

in Africa: none

in Asia: AUH

in Oceania: BNE

in the Americas: LAX

in Europe: none

Fleet

  act ord opt
777
0
0
0
77E
0
0
0
77L
0
0
0
77F
0
0
0
773
0
0
0
77W
5
0
6
 
5
0
6
act = active
ord = on order
opt = options

Engines

- 777-3ZGER: GE90-115B
VH-VOZ, VPD, VPE, VPF, VPH

About

V australia (the international airline of Virgin Blue) has ordered the 777s on 9th March 2007, to begin the eagerly awaited long-haul-operations.
On the 25th July 2007 Virgin Blue held a press conference for the revealing of the new name of its long-haul operations.
In a 'name-the-airline'-contest with several very creative names the winner was chosen as "V australia".
However, another entry of the contest became the name of the first 77W in V australia's fleet - Didgeree Blue.
During the order ceremony Brett Godfrey (CEO of DJ) said: "... we did extensive research into the selection of aircraft type for our new long-haul operation. The 777-300ER has proven its economic leadership and reliability, and these traits are crucial as we move out to build our new international product. The 777 has an outstanding reputation and is well known for its spacious cabin and high levels of passenger comfort, and we are confident it is the best aircraft for our new airline."


The first route of  V australia was Sydney - Los Angeles (flight VA1) departing Sydney for the first time in Feb 2009.

Since late May 2008 V australia is the first australian airline with a 14 million AU$ 777 flight simulator in its property.
The simulator is named "Jim's Sim" in honour of a popular
Virgin Blue / V australia employee and is based in the operations centre in Sydney.

V Australia has chosen Singapore Airlines Engineering (SIAEC) for the Fleet Management Program (FMP) which includes maintenance of the new 777s. This deal goes at least over a period of 5 years.
Mr William Tan (CEO of SIAEC) said during the contract signing, “We are delighted that Virgin Blue has selected SIA Engineering Company as its preferred FMP partner for V Australia’s initial B777-300ER fleet ... With the experience we have accumulated in handling the Singapore Airlines’ fleet of B777, which is the world’s largest, our customers will benefit from our in-depth expertise and comprehensive range of B777 services, as well as the economies of scale generated by our high volume B777 operations.
On 21st February 09 V australia has received its AOC, thus allowing them to start the first flight to LAX 6 days later.

Name and colour scheme changed a/o late 2011 to virgin australia.

On board their 777s


Seat configurations


- 777-3ZGER: 33 Int'l-Biz (2-3-2), 40 Int'l-PremiumEco (2-4-2), 288 Int'l-Eco (3-3-3) = 361 seats
- Seat pitch: 77" (lie-flat seats), 38", 32"
- Seat width: 23", 19.5", 18.5"

In-Flight Entertainment

- PTVs, with "RED"-IFE-System which is based on Panasonic's eX2 - AVOD System




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