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Ore-Some!!! Virgin Blue Announces 1000 $9* WA Fares to Celebrate New Flights to Newman and Karratha

21/10/2008


VIRGIN BLUE UNEARTHS A NEW ERA OF AIR TRAVEL FOR MINING COMMUNITY

Virgin Blue Group of Airlines will step up its commitment to Western Australia with the launch of two new destinations along with an additional flight between Perth and Broome.

The carrier will begin flights to two of WA’s key mining communities, today launching daily direct services between Perth and Newman and double daily flights between Perth and Karratha.

In traditional form and in honour of its foray into the WA mining market, Virgin Blue has announced a special “ORE-SOME $9*” sale fare (inclusive of taxes and surcharges) one-way between both destinations and Perth. 1,000 fares will be up for grabs via www.virginblue.com.au at 5pm WA time (7pm AEST) for one hour or until sold out. Flights are for travel in November and December 2008.

Virgin Blue’s first flight to Newman will touch down at 9.10am and the inaugural flight to Karratha will land at 2.30pm. On board both flights will be a strong Virgin Blue contingent, including Senior Executive (and former Newman local) Richard Tanner, as well as VIP Guests from the corporate and mining sectors.

Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey, said, “We looked very closely at the opportunity to bring real value to both Newman and Karratha in terms of competitive air travel and identified both communities as having the need for alternative air travel options. We already have relationships with the mining companies who see the benefits of working with us to achieve their business travel needs in terms of affordability and reliability.”

He continued, “The launch of two new routes is a significant investment for the Virgin Blue Group and is a vote of confidence in the WA market. It also signals our strong focus on WA and our commitment to work with the mining community, the businesses that support the mining communities and of course the general community who rely on air travel to travel to Perth and beyond.”

Virgin Blue will operate brand new EMBRAER executive style jets on both intra-WA routes which offers a sleek, comfortable ride with a flying time between Perth and Newman of one hour and 40 minutes and Perth and Karratha of two hours. Virgin Blue offers connecting flights from Newman and Karratha to over five destinations via Perth including Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney.

The airline has evolved its product over recent years to offer a business style product in terms of flexible fares, a loyalty program “Velocity” and has a comprehensive route network providing convenient connecting flights from Perth to the east coast. Off the back of the additional flights and the growing number of WA business travellers, Virgin Blue is currently reviewing the option of opening a “The Lounge” facility at Perth airport.

Brett Godfrey added, “Virgin Blue has been trumpeting the merits of competition and affordable fares for years and you only have to look at the figures to see the potential positive impact Virgin Blue will have on travel budgets. It is particularly critical for remote areas where people rely on air travel for access to the rest of the state and country”.

Karratha - Everyday fares start from $219* one way on the internet, 23% less than the equivalent competitor fare of $283 one-way on the internet. (as at 20 October 2008)

Newman -Everyday low fares start from $199* one way on the internet, 24% less than the equivalent competitor fare of $261 one way on the internet. (as at 20 October 2008)


Virgin Blue recently doubled flights between Perth and Broome providing a more convenient schedule, additional capacity and more competitive fares to one of Australia’s most highly rated tourist destinations.

“WA is poised to become an even more significant part of our national route network; we are serious about providing the state with even more flight options and destinations. Our team will work closely with the business, leisure and government communities to identify how we can provide benefits, convenient schedules and essential savings in the face of challenging economic times”, finished Brett Godfrey.

 

FLIGHT SCHEDULES

PERTH-KARRATHA SCHEDULE: EFFECTIVE 21 OCTOBER 2008

FLIGHT NO
 
DEP
 
ARR
 
MON
 
TUE
 
WED
 
THU
 
FRI
 
SAT
 
SUN
 
DJ 1721
 
5.45am
 
7.45am
 
Q
 
Q
 
Q
 
Q
 
Q
 
  
DJ 1721*
 
7.10am
 
9.10am
 
     Q
 
 
DJ 1727
 
3.00pm
 
5.00pm
 
Q
 
Q
 
Q
 
Q
 
Q
 
 Q
 


KARRATHA-PERTH SCHEDULE: EFFECTIVE 21 OCTOBER 2008

FLIGHT NO
 
DEP
 
ARR
 
MON
 
TUE
 
WED
 
THU
 
FRI
 
SAT
 
SUN
 
DJ 1722
 
8.15am
 
10.10am
 
Q
 
Q
 
Q
 
Q
 
Q
 
  
DJ 1722*
 
9.40am
 
11.35am
 
     Q
 
 
DJ 1728
 
5.35pm
 
7.30pm
 
Q
 
Q
 
Q
 
Q
 
Q
 
 Q
 


 

PERTH-NEWMAN SCHEDULE: EFFECTIVE 21 OCTOBER 2008

FLIGHT NO
 
DEP
 
ARR
 
MON
 
TUE
 
WED
 
THU
 
FRI
 
SAT
 
SUN
 
DJ 1873^
 
5.15am
 
6.55am
 
QQQQQ  
DJ 1877
 
12.10pm
 
1.50pm
 
     Q 
DJ 1877
 
11.00am
 
12.40pm
 
      Q


NEWMAN - PERTH SCHEDULE: EFFECTIVE 21 OCTOBER 2008

FLIGHT NO
 
DEP
 
ARR
 
MON
 
TUE
 
WED
 
THU
 
FRI
 
SAT
 
SUN
 
DJ 1874^
 
7.25am
 
 9.05am
 
QQQQQ  
DJ 1878
 
2.20pm
 
4.00pm
 
     Q 
DJ 1878
 
1.10pm
 
2.50pm
 
      Q


^ Perth-Newman-Perth flights DJ 1873 and DJ 1874 depart and arrive 15 minutes later (5.30am/7.10am and 7.40am/9.20am) for the Non-DST period (26 Oct 08 to 28 March 09)


* All fares are for flights booked on the internet and for everyday fares $15 more when booked by phone. Fares are subject to availability and may not be available on all flights or peak times. A credit card surcharge of an additional $3 per person per one way flight is applicable for everyday fares. For Virgin Blue bookings log on to www.virginblue.com.au or phone our award winning Guest Contact Centre on 13 6789 or contact a travel agent.