Virgin Australia to commence Brisbane-Tokyo services in March 2020
Nov 8, 2019: Virgin Australia will offer 15-20 tonnes of cargo capacity on its daily services between Brisbane and Tokyo-Haneda, starting March 2020. The airline’s first-ever service to Tokyo will be operated with Airbus A330.
Virgin Atlantic Cargo will market the cargo space for the carrier on the new route, under its longstanding international long-haul sales and marketing agreement with Virgin Australia. The carrier expects strong passenger as well as cargo demand on the route.
As it launches services on Brisbane-Tokyo route, it has decided to suspend its existing Hong Kong-Melbourne service with effect from February 11, 2020 due to softening passenger demand.
However, the carrier said that it will closely monitor the route and look to re-enter the market in the future provided it is financially viable.
Dominic Kennedy, managing director of Virgin Atlantic Cargo said: “We also wish to acknowledge the strong support we have enjoyed from the cargo industry for Virgin Australia’s Melbourne-Hong Kong services. Although this route will be stopping in February, we will continue to offer capacity on Virgin Australia’s daily Sydney-Hong Kong flights and provide a direct trucking service between Melbourne and Sydney to ensure customers retain access to the important Hong Kong cargo market.”
Virgin Atlantic Cargo also markets cargo capacity on Virgin Australia’s direct services connecting Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane with Los Angeles, where they also link directly into Virgin Atlantic’s international network.