When Virgin Australia commenced operations in Australia back in 2000 they offered a buy on board program, however since re-branding they introduced a range of free meals and snacks.
My flight with the airline was from Hamilton Island to Melbourne onboard one of their Boeing 737’s.
I was impressed by how genuine, and helpful airline staff are in Australia, I forgot how friendly people are here. Virgin will offer you a snack on most services in Australia, in my opinion, the below isn’t really that generous considering it’s a 3+hr flight, but that’s what the airline has decided to serve.
I ended up purchasing the Tim Tam, it’s been years since I had one, and my travelling companion loved it too. There’s also free non-alcoholic drinks on Virgin, which is a nice bonus.
I realise the time of day can affect what the airline decides to serve inflight, but to put things into perspective here are some examples of airlines in Asia and Europe and what they offer on much shorter flights.
Portuguese airline TAP serves hot meals on three hour flights within Europe.
Bangkok Airways serve a decent snack on flights as short as 1 hour.
Aegean Airlines serve a hot meal on this flight of 1.40 mins from Athens to Rome.
The inflight menu available on Virgin Australia offers noodles, chicken wraps or an egg sandwich, however, I wasn’t able to order these products as they weren’t available.
Virgin has a great product, excellent staff and can complete against the likes of Qantas. Their complimentary inflight meal-offering could offer substantially better food items in my opinion.