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04/02/2008

VIRGIN BLUE LAUNCHES CAPITAL JET 8 DAILY FLIGHTS


For the first time in two and a half years, one of the country’s busiest air routes has some much needed competition with today’s launch of Virgin Blue Capital Jet flights between Canberra and Sydney.

 

The airline will operate eight daily flights between the nation’s capital and Sydney specifically to cater to corporate and Government high flyers, as well as ACT/NSW visitors and locals. Fares start from $69* one way on the Internet.

 

The launch of today’s Capital Jet flights represents a revival of competition and quality on the Canberra-Sydney route with


Virgin Blue using its brand new fleet of executive style EMBRAER E-Jets to provide a jet aircraft service to the market.

 

Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey said, “Canberra-Sydney route is one of the last remaining monopoly routes in this country and Virgin Blue is excited to break that stranglehold. We will bring back some fair competition and we are ready, willing and able with the right jet, to step up to the plate and provide the competitive choice Canberra travellers deserve.”

 

Virgin Blue will offer eight daily flights at desirable business travel times with the schedule being developed following close consultation with the corporate and Government sectors.

 

Virgin Blue also recently opened its all-inclusive corporate lounge facility “The Lounge” at Canberra Airport and is set to shortly introduce a “Premium Economy” in-flight option across its entire fleet for the discerning travellers wanting additional perks and services.

 


Virgin Blue already operates or sells flights between Canberra-Brisbane, Canberra-Melbourne and Canberra-Gold Coast and is looking to add further capacity to these high demand routes as it takes delivery of more 737 and EMBRAER aircraft throughout 2008.

 

Virgin Blue recently announced it will also launch direct services between Canberra and the Gold Coast from next month, highlighting its focus of generating more travel, more tourism and more benefits for the people of Canberra and Australia.

 

A launch celebration party was held last night at a private hangar at Canberra International Airport, featuring Guests from the political, corporate and tourism arenas. The highlight of the evening was a special performance by Australian disco darling, Marcia Hines and her band.

 

Multi award winning airline Virgin Blue and international carriers Pacific Blue and Polynesian Blue currently operate a fleet of  61 modern Boeing 737 and Embraer E-Jet aircraft flying to 23 Australian and eight international destinations including New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands.  Virgin Blue was the first airline in the world to launch a Government-certified carbon offset program, where Guests can offset the carbon emissions from their flights.  Virgin Blue Group has also announced plans to launch Australia's newest international airline, V Australia, set to commence flights between Australia and the USA from late 2008, subject to regulatory approvals.


* All fares are for flights booked on the internet or $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 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.