Virgin Atlantic farewells Sydney!

May 05, 2014 No Comments by

After almost ten years of service to Sydney, Australia, Virgin Atlantic operated its final flight today, 05 May 2014 from Sydney to Hong Kong. The carrier, which commenced flying to Sydney on 08 December 2004, offered daily flight A340-600s flights from London Heathrow to Sydney via Hong Kong. In February this year the carrier announced it was axing its Hong Kong – Sydney extension. Virgin Atlantic’s  chief executive Craig Kreeger stated “These are still difficult times for the airline industry and as part of our strategy to operate more efficiently, we need to deploy our aircraft to routes with the right level of demand to be financially viable,” and also blamed increasing costs and weak Australian dollar as a factor for terminating the flights.

Flight VS201 left at 14:25 bound for Hong Kong and it was operated by an A340-600 named “Miss Behavin'” (registration G-VWKD). It was given a water canon salute as a final farewell.

(Picture by Robyn Griffiths. Flight VS201 given a water canon salute as it departs Sydney bound for Hong Kong on 05May14 one last time)

 

(Crew of the final VS flight Sydney – Hong Kong 05MAY2014)

Virgin Atlantic employed 47 local staff here in Australia. The carrier will continue to offer daily London Heathrow – Hong Kong A340-600 services. British Airways is now the only remaining European carrier to service Australia and along with QANTAS is the only airline to offer “same plane” service from Australia to London.

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