Virgin Australia to launch Sydney – Hong Kong flights in mid 2018


Virgin Australia has announced plans to fly between Sydney and Hong Kong from the middle of 2018. At the same time, it will reduce Melbourne to Hong Kong to five return flights per week,

Sydney – Hong Kong

Under the announced plans, Virgin Australia will operate daily return services between the two cities with its Airbus A330-200 aircraft. This aircraft features the well regarded business class cabin, Virgin dubbed ‘The Business’.

The expansion of flights to Hong Kong reflects a growing focus on the Greater China by Virgin Australia.

Virgin Australia Group CEO, John Borghetti, said: “Expanding our presence into Greater China is a key pillar of our international strategy, and today we are building on the positive momentum created since the launch of our Melbourne-Hong Kong flights.

“The new Sydney-Hong Kong service will link two global destinations and will allow Virgin Australia to further access the fastest growing and most valuable Australian inbound market, China, with our alliance partner Hong Kong Airlines. The service will also connect with Virgin Atlantic Airway’s flights to London.”

Melbourne – Hong Kong

On the Melbourne-Hong Kong route, Virgin has announced that it will be dropping back to a five day a week service.  As a result, they will no longer operate between Melbourne and Hong Kong on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


The following tables show the expected flight schedules between Australia and Hong Kong.

Sydney to Hong Kong Schedule

Route Flight Number Dep/Arr Day of the Week
SYD-HKG VA89 1000/1740 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
HKG-SYD VA88 1950/0710 (+1) Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Melbourne to Hong Kong Schedule (effective mid-2018)

Route Flight Number Dep/Arr Day of the Week
MEL-HKG VA85 0030/0810 Mon, Tues, Thu, Sat, Sun
HKG-MEL VA84 1810/0540 (+1) Tues, Thu, Sat, Sun
HKG-MEL VA84 1915/0645 (+1) Mon

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