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POSTED | 10:59 AM | 07-09-2014

Virgin goes one up on Air NZ

Virgin Australia is going one up on alliance partner Air New Zealand by introducing business class on its trans-Tasman and Pacific Island services from early next year.

Virgin Australia will add business class on routes to Wellington, Queenstown, Christchurch and Dunedin as well as to Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands and Vanuatu, according to The Dominion Post.

Sydney to Auckland will be the first to be upgraded, in March.

While Air NZ offers trans-Tasman business class on its larger wide-body jets, the airline's smaller Airbus A320 fleet is fitted with economy seats only.

Virgin Australia's similar sized Boeing 737-800 narrow-body aircraft will be refitted with two-by-two business class seating, featuring inflight wireless internet services. Priority services would also be introduced.

Air NZ removed business class on its A320 services in 2010 due to low demand. Since then Qantas has been the only airline offering business class between Wellington and Australia.

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