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Virgin Blue Federal Government Information Day

14/07/2004

Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey and the Department of Transport Secretary, Ken Matthews, will today co-facilitate an airline information day for Federal Government executives in Canberra.


The day has been specifically organised to allow Federal Government employees to meet with other Governments and private companies that have managed to substantially improve their bottom line by adopting a ‘Best Fare of the Day’ Policy for air travel.


The low fare airline recently welcomed moves by the Commonwealth Government to change its one-airline travel strategy to a policy of ‘Best Fare of the Day’ including Virgin Blue, following recommendations from the Len Early Report.


Since this time Virgin Blue has been working closely with the Department of Finance and Administration’s newly formed "Travel Forum" to assist Government Departments to effortlessly book Virgin Blue as part of their travel policy.


Virgin Blue Chief, Brett Godfrey, said, “Virgin Blue is an award winning airline offering convenient services, an extensive network and cost effective solutions for corporate travellers and we are very happy our federal public servants now have the opportunity to seek the best value for taxpayer’s money when making their travel bookings.”


Since Virgin Blue launched nearly four years ago it has achieved unprecedented growth and now operates more than 280 flights a day to 21 destinations, including every state and territory capital city and many regional ports.


As Virgin Blue continues to expand both its fleet and network, the people of Canberra have benefited with the increase of direct flight options from Canberra to Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and the Gold Coast, and through fares to most of the carrier’s Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Island destinations.


A number of keynote speakers will be present at today’s information day to discuss important factors in relation to corporate and government travel strategy, cost effective solutions for travel purchasing and competition in Australia’s domestic airline market.


Brett Godfrey added, “I’m pleased to be attending this information day to personally showcase our airline’s products and services to those who represent the interests of the people of Australia.”

 

MEDIA ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND TODAY’S EVENT

When:

Wednesday 14 July 2004
9.30am – 1pm

Where:National Convention Centre (Bradman Room), Canberra
Who:Brett Godfrey, Virgin Blue CEO
Ken Matthews, Secretary of the Department of Transport and Regional Services
Murray Harris and Peter Turner, Travel Procurement Managers, Origin Energy
Mark Devine, Principle Travel Manager (Purchasing) Queensland Government
Jon Marshall, Virgin Blue Global Sales Manager