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Virgin's Pacific Blue Lands Low Fares in Dunedin

07/07/2008

Pacific Blue’s eye-catching red jet will touch down for the first time in Dunedin on 1 July, bringing the southern city some much-needed airline competition and a service style second to none.


Today’s launch flight marks the start of daily return services between Christchurch and Dunedin, with convenient connections on Pacific Blue to and from Auckland and Wellington.


“What better timing to begin our new Dunedin flights than on National Tartan Day,” said the airline’s Chief Executive, John Bartlett. “It’s the first time in a number of years that travellers from New Zealand’s famously Scottish city, as well as tourists heading to the Dunedin region, have had a real choice in domestic air travel.”


“With the addition of regular Pacific Blue flights, not only will the people of Dunedin find it more convenient to take off on holiday or to visit family and friends, these affordable services will no doubt boost tourism to the region in the future, which is an added bonus of real and sustainable competition,” John Bartlett added.


The new service comes just two weeks after Pacific Blue took delivery of its seventh Boeing 737-800 aircraft. With the addition of the new service and aircraft Pacific Blue now offers 270 flights a week to and from four New Zealand cities, four Australian cities, and South Pacific destinations including Rarotonga, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji and Vanuatu.


As well as its famous low fares, Pacific Blue also offers a superior service style, brand new state-of-the-art aircraft with comfortable leather seating, a free to join ‘Velocity’ frequent flier program and Web and Self-check-in facilities. Other optional services available on a pay-for-use basis include; a range of delicious in-flight drinks and snacks, Blue Zone seating, Fully-flexible fares and carbon off-setting options.


Dunedin Mayor, Peter Chin, will be one of the VIP Guests aboard Pacific Blue’s inaugural flight to Dunedin which will depart Christchurch at 11.30am today. All Guests onboard today’s historic flight will also be treated to complimentary champagne and special in-flight activities to mark the occasion.


The arrival of the flight will be followed by a tartan-themed celebration at Dunedin International Airport featuring bagpipes, highland dancers, a 35-strong school kapa haka group, and guests from the Dunedin business and tourism communities.


The aircraft will even become an honorary Dunedin “scarfie” for a few moments after it lands when a specially made 15-metre blue-and-gold Otago scarf is tied under its fuselage.


Since Pacific Blue began its domestic services in November 2007 the airline has carried hundreds of thousands of travellers around New Zealand and airports around the country have reported strong increases in domestic passenger numbers.


About Pacific Blue, Polynesian Blue, and Virgin Blue Airlines

Pacific Blue and Polynesian Blue, along with Australian domestic airline Virgin Blue, operate a fleet of 68 modern Boeing 737 and Embraer E-Jet aircraft flying to 24 Australian and eight international destinations including New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands.