The Virgin Australia domestic Business Class has totally surprised me in a positive way. In this review, I’ll explain what you need to know about flying with Virgin Australia in Business Class.
Virgin Australia operated single aisle aircarfts on all domestic flights, while the competing airline Qantas uses widebodies on several routes, including Sydney to Melbourne vv. This was also the route I flew Virgin Australia on.
Even though the seats were far from lie-flat or anything like the amazing seat I enjoyed on the long haul flight, I really enjoyed the experience. One of the reasons for that is that Virgin Australia really knows how to make an aircraft cabin look stunning.
When flying with Virgin Australia in Economy Class, I was already amazed about the stunning cabin design. However, the small Business Class cabin at the front of the plane is even more amazing.
There are only eight seats in two rows, which are separated from the rest of the cabin by a built-in wall and a purple glas divider. In addition, there was a rope preventing Economy Class passengers to use the forward lavatory – speak about exclusivity.
As if all of this wasn’t enough, I also had the Business Class cabin to myself, which added even more comfort. The seats in the Virgin Australia domestic Business Class are spacious leather seats, which reminded me a lot of the seats on the American Airlines domestic First Class. The seats come with a great pitch of 38 inch, making it easy to stretch out.
Additionally, the seats are also quite wide, making it easy to lounge and relax on the seats. I also enjoyed how modern and spotlessly clean the whole Business Class cabin was.
All of that combined with the high comfort of the well cushioned leather seat, I’d say that this is one of the best domestic Business/First Class products I was able to enjoy so far.
Speaking of a great experience, Virgin Australia totally delivered when it comes to dining as well. After a welcome drink prior to departure, I was offered lunch as soon as we were in the air.
While there was no menu in the Virgin Australia domestic business Class, the food was very good. As it is the norm for shorter flights, everything was offered on a single tray. It had salmon with different pastes, a fresh and crispy bread roll, a yoghurt with a berrie compot as well as chocolates.
While some might miss a hot course, I was quite happy about the light, tasty and very fresh snack. One might expect a more extensive and hot meal when flying Business Class, but I think that a meal like this is way better than some reheated meal from the oven.
Additionally, the service was very attentive and friendly. The drink choice is between soft drinks, hot drinks as well as alcohol. As I only had water, I can’t comment on the alcohol choices available, but I was offered sparkling wine and wine in the process of the flight.
Virgin Australia doesn’t offer seatback entertainment on domestic or regional flights. However, as I’ve already mentioned in my Economy Class review, there is streaming available. Thus, you may watch a movie or a series on your own device.
While there is no Wi-Fi, there is a seemingly endless choice of movies, tv shows and music availabe. Great! Other than that, there is a fun and very enjoyable board magazine, which I have read while descending to Sydney.
Wow! What a well rounded domestic Business Class product. No, Virgin Australia doesn’t offer the best seats on domestic routes (Qantas does) or the most extensive drink selection or the best in-seat entertainment. However, everything about this flight felt very good and well rounded. The seats are very comfortable, the cabin is modern and looks stunnig, the legroom is amazing, the food is fresh and very tasy, the service friendly and attentive and the streaming entertainment a brilliant option to stay entertainted. I wouldn’t hesitate flying Virgin Australia in Business Class again. That’s true for long haul flights as well as Virgin offers an even better Business Class product there!