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The Last Virgin Atlantic Flight Has Left Sydney Airport

May 16, 2014 at 9:01 PM | by | ()

Earlier this month, we were spending a few early morning hours at Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport in the (pretty fabulous) Qantas First Class Lounge, which aside from rather swank surroundings comes with great views of the apron and city.

Sitting in one of the window-facing seats, watching aircraft taxiing here and there, we spotted an Airbus A340-600 being towed away with the Sydney skyline in the distance. At first, we didnít think much of it among the rest of the aircraft movements, only realizing when we focused on the branding that we were in fact watching something a little more significant; this was one of the very last Virgin Atlantic aircraft to touch Australian soil, as the service from London discontinued just a few days later.

In fact, the very last Virgin Atlantic flight to touch down at SYD was VS200 on May 4 at 07.30am, which departed May 5 at 3.45pm as VS201. Virgin has cited increasing costs and a challenging economic environment for removing the Hong Kong to Sydney leg from the London-originating flight.

This leaves British Airways as the only European carrier to fly to Australia on its own metal (i.e. a British Airways plane rather than a codeshare with another airline). While speculation on how long the BA flight will continue is rampant, the British flag carrier seems committed to the route for the moment.

British Airways flies to Sydney through Singapore, with flight BA15 leaving at 9.35pm from London Heathrow, arriving at 05.05am in Sydney two days later. On the return, BA16 leaves Sydney at 3.30pm, arriving at 05.30am in London the next day.

Alternatively, you can still fly Virgin Atlantic to Hong Kong and connect there to the number of carriers with whom they codeshare for the remaining leg to Sydney.

[Photo: JasonD]

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