V Australia offers $199* fares to Fiji - No Bula!05/11/2009
New flights to take off December 18
Thursday 5 November 2009, Brisbane, Australia: V Australia will launch direct daily flights between Australia and Fiji in time for Christmas following the decision handed down today by the International Air Services Commission to formally grant V Australia its requested capacity.
The new, three-class V Australia flights will begin on 18 December 2009, bringing V Australia’s world class product and services to one of the region’s most important tourism markets.
V Australia applied for the rights to operate daily flights between Sydney and Nadi in August and will operate its brand new, 361 seat Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on the route, replacing existing Pacific Blue flights that currently service the route for the Virgin Blue Airlines Group.
It will mean more seats to Fiji for Australian holiday-makers, more bargain fares and the option of being able to travel across the Pacific to Fiji in Premium Economy or International Business Class cabins. All cabins are inclusive of food and beverage service and complimentary in-flight entertainment via the award winning individual seat back RED program.
To celebrate the announcement, V Australia is offering special launch fares, including:
International Economy from $199* one way on the Internet (inclusive of taxes)
International Premium Economy from $469* one way on the Internet (inclusive of taxes)
International Business from $649* one way on the Internet (inclusive of taxes)
The sale is on from now until midnight 30 November 2009 for specific travel periods.^
Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey said, “We’re very pleased to be increasing our capacity and introducing V Australia to and from one of Australia’s best loved international getaway destinations. Fiji has long been a holiday hot spot, particularly for families and honeymooning couples. They will now be able to get their holiday or honeymoon off to a great start flying in on Australia’s new international airline in the comfort of any of our three cabins.”
V Australia will use one of its existing 777-300ER aircraft to operate the Sydney to Nadi flights in lieu of the aircraft sitting idle on the tarmac at Sydney Airport in between trans-Pacific flights. The 10 hour round trip has the dual purpose of allowing V Australia to achieve maximum aircraft utilisation while giving Pacific Blue the opportunity to re-direct its aircraft to other new and existing routes.
Brett Godfrey added, “The timing of the V Australia flights will remain in line with the current Pacific Blue flights and will provide convenient connections for US-based guests coming out to Australia and then onwards to Fiji.”
The services will launch daily and from 1 February onwards, will operate six days per week (excluding Wednesday). This is in line with the reduction of Sydney-Los Angeles flights from seven days per week to six days per week, and with previously announced plans to introduce a weekly direct Melbourne-Johannesburg flights from March 2010 (subject to regulatory approval).
V AUSTRALIA FLIGHT SCHEDULE
Sydney- Nadi Schedule: EFFECTIVE 18 DECEMBER 2009
Nadi – Sydney Schedule EFFECTIVE 18 DECEMBER 2009
^ Travel Periods for sale fares: 19 January – 31 March 2010/ 15 April – 23 June 2010/ 17 July – 16 September 2010
* All fares are for flights booked on the internet or $50 more when booked by phone. Fares are inclusive of all taxes, fees and charges and subject to availability and may not be available on all flights or peak times. Flights are subject to regulatory approval. For V Australia bookings log on to www.vaustralia.com.au
About V Australia and Virgin Blue:
V Australia www.vaustralia.com.au is a three class boutique style airline offering the acclaimed service for which the Virgin Blue Group is renowned and a unique Australian style. On board the airline’s brand new 361-seat 777-300ER aircraft, configuration includes Business Class cabin with 33 fully lie-flat beds, Premium Economy with 40 International Club seats and 288 International Economy seats. All cabins offer the Red, state-of-the-art personal seat back entertainment, seat to seat 'chat' or competition connectivity. The airline also has two in-flight bars, mood lighting including twilight and sunset, bathrooms with piped music including a "ladies only" bathroom and other touches of Australiana from salt and pepper shakers to hidden wallpaper murals. V Australia is a part of the Virgin Blue Group of Airlines. The Australian-based airline group also includes Virgin Blue, second largest carrier in Australia www.virginblue.com.au and short haul international airlines Pacific Blue www.flypacificblue.com Polynesian Blue. Together they operate a fleet comprising of 83 modern Boeing 737-NG’s, Boeing 777 and Embraer E-Jet aircraft flying to 28 Australian and 17 international destinations in the South Pacific and Southeast Asia.