Flight test: V Australia business class

Aircraft V Australia Boeing 777-300ER.

Route Los Angeles to Sydney.

Class Business, seat 3G.

Seat pitch and width 77 inches between seats, 20 inches between armrests expanding to 23 inches when bed is in lie-flat mode.

Seat configuration Two-three-two layout for a total of 33 seats in business class.

Luggage allowance Two pieces of checked luggage up to 32 kilograms each, two pieces of carry-on up to seven kilograms each.

Scheduled flight time 13½ hours.

On-time performance A 20-minute wait on the ground for a gate at Sydney Airport.

Lounge access No lounge of its own but V Australia business-class passengers have access to Alaskan Airlines' lounge. Food options are limited compared with some other lounges: basic snacks, cheese, crackers, fruit. The only hot option on my visit is a cheese and broccoli soup.


Aircraft condition New.

Console/entertainment 30.7-centimetre screen, laptop power and USB port. Great range of movies, television shows and music, plus noise-cancelling earphones.

Comfort A turn-down service gives the seats a genuine "bed" feel, rather than just a flattened seat. There is a built-in massage function and the "night-sky" ceilings, with simulated star light, add to the ambience. A self-serve bar with stools at the back of the cabin is a nice touch and allows socialising.

Service Mostly excellent but they forget to serve my meal and need to be reminded as they begin clearing away others' trays. That said, staff seem mortified by the mistake and, by way of apology, offer a bottle of wine from the menu to take home. Breakfast is served when you wake, rather than at a specific time for all passengers.

Food and beverages The beef short rib is of restaurant quality and Mediterranean salad tastes fresh and crisp. The breakfast menu is extensive with cereals, fruit, yoghurt, breads, bacon, eggs and more.

Amenities Bvlgari packs with eye masks and socks, plus razors, shaving cream, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, body lotion, mouthwash and perfume. Passengers are also given a pair of thongs to take home.

Flight frequency LA to Sydney daily, LA to Brisbane three times a week.

Photos On board V Australia

Online vaustralia.com.au.

Tested by Craig Platt, who flew courtesy of V Australia.

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