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Virgin Blue Joins Forces with Airlines PNG

08/09/2008

New Codeshare Agreement Between Australia and Papua New Guinea

Virgin Blue’s international airline Pacific Blue (Aust) and Airlines PNG have today jointly announced that they have entered into Heads of Agreement^ that will lead to the commencement of code-share services between Port Moresby and Brisbane from November this year.

 

Virgin Blue will operate four return flights a week to PNG - a total of 720 seats - using Pacific Blue’s modern fleet of Boeing 737-800 jet aircraft.

To celebrate the announcement Virgin Blue has launched a special SALE FARE of AU$249.00* one way on the net (inclusive of taxes fees and charges).

The $249* fares are for travel from 3 November 2008 until 6 December, 2008 and are on sale for 72 hours only (or until sold out). Everyday lead-in fares start from AU$289 one way between Brisbane and PNG.

Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey, said, “We strive to make as many global destinations available to our Guests as possible whether by opening up new routes of our own or through strategic arrangements with quality airlines and we look forward to adding PNG to our expanding network.”

Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Culture and Tourism, The Hon. Charles Abel MP, applauded the new code-share partnership, “The Government welcomes the joint decision by both Virgin Blue and our own Airlines PNG to enter into this joint partnership agreement to provide airlines services both on the international and domestic sectors.

“My Ministry and the Tourism Promotion Authority of Papua New Guinea have worked hard in bringing genuine and independent competition to our airline sector to address one of the identified weaknesses in Tourism infrastructure and in the country generally.”

Airlines PNG’s Chairman, Simon Wild, said, “This capacity sharing arrangement with Pacific Blue will allow us to further expand our international services and will ensure that travellers to and from PNG benefit from greatly increased competition.”

Airlines PNG’s Chief Executive Officer, John Fitzgerald, added, “When we first started flying between PNG and Australia, we provided real competition that significantly reduced the cost of air travel between our neighbouring countries. This agreement with Virgin Blue will introduce another strong carrier onto the route between Port Moresby and Brisbane and will heighten competition considerably because of the increase in available seat capacity.”

Both carriers have committed to exploring opportunities to enhance the experience for Guests.


BRISBANE - PORT MORESBY SCHEDULE

BRISBANE – PORT MORESBY: EFFECTIVE 3 NOVEMBER 2008

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PORT MORESBY – BRISBANE: EFFECTIVE 3 NOVEMBER 2008

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MON
 
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The partnership with Airlines PNG brings Virgin Blue’s interline and code-share partners to 12 which offers travellers a convenient and extensive global airline network.

Connections from Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and New Zealand will also be available in the coming weeks.

Multi award winning airline Virgin Blue and international carriers Pacific Blue and Polynesian Blue currently operate a fleet of 72 modern Boeing 737 and Embraer E-Jet aircraft flying to 25 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.

^ subject to conclusion of formal agreements and the required regulatory approvals being obtained.

* Flights are subject to regulatory approvals. All fares are one way for flights booked on the internet, $15 more by phone. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or during peak periods. On sale from 3pm Monday 8 September 2008 for 72 hours (or until sold out) travel period 03 November 2008 until 6 December 2008.