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“Polynesian Blue” Takes Off With ‘Go See Samoa Fares’ From $349* One-Way From Sydney

16/09/2005

Australian travellers will have yet another South Pacific destination choice when Virgin Blue’s new joint venture airline, “Polynesian Blue” launches its first flight to Samoa from 30 October 2005.


The carrier is a partnership between Australian based award winning airline Virgin Blue and the Samoan Government and will provide high quality, affordable flights from Australia and New Zealand to Samoa.


The dynamic partnership will ensure that Samoa is positioned as an attractive option for holidaymakers looking to enjoy the world famous relaxed pace of the South Pacific.


Polynesian Blue will be the only airline offering a direct low cost carrier flight between Australia and Apia and will initially operate three direct flights per week between Apia and Sydney. Polynesian Blue will also fly four direct services per week between Apia and Auckland.


Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey said, “We are excited to be involved in this historic joint venture which brings a new aviation model to this part of the world and we applaud the Samoan Government’s progressive approach,” he said.


“We share a very simple strategy with the Samoan Government and that is to bring our affordable fares philosophy to the South Pacific Islands and to grow traffic to and from Samoa and within the region,” he said.


“It will also be the first time that Australians will have a low cost carrier direct flight to Samoa and we are confident this will encourage travellers to consider Samoa as accessible and easy to get to as other popular South Pacific destinations such as Fiji and Vanuatu.”


The Sydney to Apia service will initially depart on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with a special “Go See Samoa” launch fare of $AU 349* one way on the net (all inclusive) . The sale fare is available now until 25 September 2005 for travel 2 November 2005 to  26 March 2006 (excluding between 11 Dec 05 – 22 January 06). Everyday low fares will start from AU $449* one way on the net (all inclusive).


The direct flights between Auckland and Apia will initially operate Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with Polynesian Blue’s special launch fare offer of NZ$199* (plus taxes and charges) now available on the internet for the same dates as above. Everyday low fares will start from NZ$249* (plus taxes and charges) one way on the net.


Fares can be booked via the Internet (www.polynesianblue.com or www.virginblue.com.au or www.flypacificblue.com), through a travel agent or through the Guest Contact Centre on 13 6789.


Polynesian Blue will operate a modern 737-800 Next Generation aircraft with a special livery to reflect the culture and heritage of Samoa.


The Hon Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa said, “The announcement of schedules and fares for Polynesian Blue is a significant event in that it heralds the beginning of a brand new era for Samoa. We look forward to welcoming more Australian and New Zealand visitors to our beautiful tropical shores.”


FARE INFORMATION FOR THE AUSTRALIAN ORIGINATING MARKET


As per industry practice all fares in AU$ and include all taxes and charges.


SYDNEY TO APIA
Promotional fare:$349* (including taxes and charges)
Fair fare (lead in price): $449* (including taxes and charges)


Fares and charges are in WST and are one-way available via travel agents. Fares on the internet are $15 less. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one way flight is applicable. Return fare may vary with the addition of local taxes and charges. Taxes and charges are correct as at September 16 September 2005 and are subject to change.

Polynesian Blue is a joint venture partnership between Virgin Blue and the Samoan Government. For Polynesian Blue bookings, log onto www.polynesianblue.com , or contact your travel agent. All Flights are subject to Government approvals. Flights offered by Polynesian Blue Limited using Pacific Blue Airlines (NZ) Limited aircraft.