Overview

Virgin Blue International Airlines based in Sydney Australia uses the name V Australia for its activities. The airline has three planes with four more on order and operates long haul international flights out of Australia. The IATA code for V Australia is VA, the ICAO code is VAU. It uses the Callsign VEE-OZ.

Flying Route

V Australia flies daily to Los Angeles from Sydney, and also has flights from Brisbane to Los Angeles. It is set to start a direct flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles. Domestic flights use Virgin America in the United States, which flies to both coasts, and Virgin Blue in Australia.

Check-In

Check-in closes an hour before flight departure time and you can check-in three hours before this time. V Australia has three cabin classes, Economy, Premium Economy and International Business, and each of these classes has its own check-in counter. Velocity members can also check-in separately. Passengers flying to the United States are required to provide a contact address in the United States at the time of checking in, where they can be contacted during the first day of their stay. V Australia does not have any facilities for checking in on line.

Baggage

V Australia allows its passengers to carry on board one piece of luggage restricted to a 7 kg/15 lbs weight and a maximum dimension of 115 cm/45", which is calculated by adding the length, height and width of the baggage. Personal items are allowed additionally. Bulky carry on baggage like musical instruments may be permitted in the cabin for which an extra seat has to be purchased. Checked in baggage is restricted to two pieces of luggage with a weight maximum of 32 kg/70 lbs. Velocity members are allowed an extra bag. Excess weight is charged at 135 Australian dollars a piece. If the luggage exceeds the minimum number and weight restrictions the charges are 270 Australian dollars per piece.

Traveling Infants

Infants are children below the age of 23 months. They must travel with valid passports and visas and need to be booked along with an accompanying adult or guardian. V Australia does provide a limited number of bassinets in the cabin and these have to be booked in advance so that seat positions are also allocated accordingly. V Australia recommends that an infant should be bottle or breast fed during take off and landing to prevent any discomfort from the change in air pressure. V Australia cabin staff will help you to heat or prepare formulas during the flight. Selected washrooms on the planes have special tables for changing the infant.

Minors

V Australia has not yet finalized their plans to allow any unaccompanied minor on their flights.

Pets

V Australia does not permit pets in the cabin and only accepts cats and dogs for travel in the cargo hold. They do not accept any such bookings directly and insist that all such arrangements are made through their authorized Pet Agents who are approved by the International Pet and Animal Transport association (IPATA). They will recommend the names of such agents both in Australia and in Los Angeles. A number of documents would be necessary for your pet to travel, and you should arrange all this is advance before booking the pet with these agents.

Frequent Flyer Program

The frequent flyer program is shared with a number of other airlines and is called Velocity. Points can be earned while travelling on V Australia and any one of the other associated airlines. Hotel bookings, car rentals and shopping, insurance, etc can also earn points. Membership can be taken online and redeeming the points can be done while shopping or to book seats. You can also book these seats at the reduced rates or points needed during midweek travel or any fare sale that V Australia announces frequently. Memberships to their Silver and Gold status cards give additional benefits and faster accrual of points.

In Flight Services

V Australia has a huge collection of movies and also enables you to watch television programs during the flight. Music is available from 15 radio stations as well as V Australia's collection of CDs. Games are also available while flying, and you have the facility of being able to power your laptops, DVD players or mobile phones. Self service bars are available for Business and premium Economy class passengers.

Airlines Magazine

V Australia does not have any airline magazine.

Airlines Alliances

V Australia has alliances with the Virgin Blue Group. This group has recently signed an alliance with Delta airlines.

Contact Information

V Australia's website is at www.vaustralia.com.au. The frequent flyer program for V Australia passengers is Velocity, which it shares with other airlines (contact number +61 2 8667 5924). Reservations can be made in the United States by contacting 1-800-444-0260 and elsewhere in the world at +61 7 3333 6888.

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