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Pacific Blue Launches New Vanuatu Flights

20/09/2004

Brisbane & Melbourne – Vanuatu Services Take Off

Melbourne 20 September 2004 – Pacific Blue’s* first flight to Vanuatu will take off from Melbourne International Airport at 9.30am today, hot on the heels of the airline’s first service to Fiji two weeks ago.


Vanuatu is Pacific Blue’s newest South Pacific destination and today’s mixture of tourists and special Guests will be treated to the airline’s traditional launch flight activities en route to the stunning island.


The new flights from Australia to Vanuatu are a clear demonstration of Pacific Blue’s commitment to spreading its low fare, high quality service across the South Pacific in a bid to get more people travelling between the two countries.


Head of Strategy and Communications, David Huttner, said, “This is our second international launch flight this month and we believe that more and more people are set to recognise Vanuatu as a tropical paradise that is exotic and visitor friendly.”


“There will shortly be an incredible surge in interest in Vanuatu due to the recent filming and airing of the hugely popular American TV series “Survivor”. This will highlight the stunning beauty of the region and Pacific Blue’s new services will assist in allowing visitors to come and see it for themselves.”


He continued, “Vanuatu’s close proximity to Australia makes it a convenient and highly desirable getaway destination. We see Pacific Blue’s new direct flights as a dual opportunity to provide travellers with a new destination option while at the same time, boosting tourism to the islands of Vanuatu, which will have a rippling effect throughout the local economy.”


The low fare carrier will operate two services a week, one from Melbourne and one from Brisbane to Port Vila. The Brisbane inaugural will follow tomorrow, Tuesday 21 September, departing for Port Vila at 9.35am.


The flights are scheduled to arrive and depart Vanuatu early afternoon and for Victorians, it will be the only non-stop flight to the paradise.


The new services are also great news for Australians who are living and working in Vanuatu and regularly fly home to visit family and friends or to go about their business.


David Huttner added, “With a short flying time, it is as easy to fly to Vanuatu for a week’s holiday as it is to fly up to North Queensland for a warm tropical getaway and with such affordable fares, people don’t have to choose between a domestic holiday and international as they can afford to do both.”


Pacific Blue will offer convenient connections from other cities to and from Vanuatu including, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney and Townsville.


Guests travelling on today’s flight from Melbourne to Vanuatu will be treated to special in-flight launch celebrations and activities including free champagne, limited edition launch flight t-shirts and fundraising auctions to raise money for the Vanuatu branch of the Red Cross.


Pacific Blue is also transporting a number of computers donated by the Wesley Mission in Australia to establish computer training centres at the Freswota Youth Drop-in Centre and Mele-Matt Primary School. The carrier is also freighting in a load of paper and pens to provide to Pango Village English Primary School whose students are making the welcome leis for arriving Guests.


* International flights offered by Pacific Blue Airlines (Aust) Pty Ltd and operated by Pacific Blue Airlines (NZ) Ltd (wholly owned subsidiaries of Virgin Blue Holdings Ltd).