Virgin Australia this week launched its inaugural flights to Hong Kong, marking the start of the airline’s expansion into Greater China.

Virgin Australia has started operating five services per week between Melbourne and Hong Kong, utilising the Airbus A330-200 fleet which features the award-winning Business Class suites, ‘The Business’, and 255 economy seats in a 2-4-2 configuration.

From Hong Kong, passengers are able to travel onward to 13 destinations in mainland China with Virgin Australia’s new partners Hong Kong Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Capital Airlines, and Tianjin Airlines.

As part of the deal, Velocity members will be able to earn Velocity Points and Status Credits on:

  • all Hong Kong Airlines operated flights (excluding services to and from North America)
  • all Hainan Airlines, Capital Airlines and Tianjin Airlines operated flights between Australia, New Zealand and Greater China as well as all domestic flights within those regions.

The second phase of this partnership will be announced in the coming weeks and will provide Velocity members with further benefits through these airline partners including lounge access, priority check in, priority boarding, and additional baggage. Velocity members will also be able to use their Velocity Points to book reward seats with these airlines.

Top-tier Virgin Australia customers travelling on the Melbourne-Hong Kong route currently have access to the Etihad First & Business Class Lounge in Melbourne and Hong Kong Airline’s Club Bauhinia Lounge in Hong Kong.

Virgin Australia is expected to announce more flights to Hong Kong from other Australian cities in the near future.

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