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Virgin Australia Announces New Brisbane Emerald Fares and Schedule

26/10/2011

The Virgin Australia Group of Airlines has today announced the fares, on sale today, and schedule for its new services between Brisbane and the town of Emerald in the central highlands of Queensland from 16 January 2012.

Virgin Australia General Manager Sales, Justin Montgomery, said the 68-seater turboprop ATR would operate twice daily services each week day plus an afternoon service on Sundays.

Mr Montgomery said fares for flights between Emerald and Brisbane would start from $88.00 one-way* signalling the beginning of a new era of much needed competition on the route.

To celebrate going on sale, a special launch fare of $69 one-way* is available from 9:00am (AEST) today until 11:59pm (AEST) Thursday, 27 October 2011 (or until sold out), he added.

“The spacious and stylish cabin of our brand new 68-seat ATR-72 turbo-prop aircraft is already generating very positive feedback from guests who have flown on it. The in-flight experience is certainly in keeping with Virgin Australia’s new business model and will appeal to business and leisure travellers alike,” Mr Montgomery said.

Morning flights Monday through Friday from Brisbane will depart at 5.45am, arriving in Emerald at 7.40am; with a return flight departing Emerald at 8.10am, arriving in Brisbane at 9.55am.

Afternoon flights will depart Brisbane at 4.00pm, arriving in Emerald at 5.55pm; with a return flight departing Emerald at 6.25pm, arriving in Brisbane at 8.10pm. Sunday afternoon services will also operate to this schedule.

Under its strategic alliance with Virgin Australia, Skywest will operate and maintain the ATR aircraft on behalf of Virgin Australia using Virgin Australia’s branding and quality in-flight product and service.

*Subject to regulatory approval. $88.00 fares and $68.00 special launch fares are based on a Saver Fare which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Checked baggage charges apply to all Saver Fares. Fares on the net are one way, or $15 more by phone. Change/cancellation fees may apply. All fares correct as at 26 October, 2011 and are subject to change. All fares are on sale from 0900 (AEST) on 26 October 2011 for travel from 16 January 2012. Special launch sale is only for travel until 31 March 2012. Visit www.virginaustralia.com for more information.