Sept 21, 2016: Delta’s joint venture partner Virgin Australia is planning to launch nonstop service between Melbourne and Los Angeles in 2017, which would provide Delta customers direct access to Melbourne, Australia.
The new route will strengthen the trans-Pacific network offered by Delta and its partner in the region.
“Delta offers a truly superior network of international partners out of Los Angeles,” said Ranjan Goswami, Delta’s Vice President – Sales, West Region.
“Through our joint venture, Delta and Virgin Australia continue to differentiate ourselves as leading carriers in the U.S.-Australia market, from boosting our service to key destinations to mutually investing in a best-in-class customer experience,” he added.
Beginning April 4, 2017, Virgin Australia will fly five times weekly between Melbourne and Los Angeles using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
The new flight complements existing service offered by Delta and Virgin Australia, who will together offer 25 weekly flights between Australia and the United States and round-trip connectivity from 230 destinations in the Americas to 49 destinations across Australia and New Zealand.
“The United States is a key market for Virgin Australia, and this enables us to offer direct services from Los Angeles to the three largest cities in Australia – Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney,” said John Borghetti, CEO, Virgin Australia Group.