The Virgin Blue Group of Airlines Takes Two New A330 Aircraft24/11/2010
BRISBANE 24 NOVEMBER 2010: The Virgin Blue Group of Airlines will add two new A330-200 aircraft to the fleet, bringing the total number to four.
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, John Borghetti said the Group would take delivery in early 2012.
“These aircraft will be dedicated to domestic long haul services between the East Coast and Perth. We expect to take delivery of the third and fourth A330s in early 2012. The wide bodied A330 will appeal to both the leisure and corporate customer,” he said.
The already announced first two A330s will go in to service in May 2011 and they will also service the East Coast to Perth route.
Mr Borghetti said Western Australia was an extremely important region for the Group.
The Virgin Blue Group of Airlines has been operating to Perth since the first year of operations and currently offers more than 35,000 domestic seats each week to and from Perth. In addition, the Group operates 20 return international services with more than 3600 seats each week.
In the last two years we also commenced intra-state scheduled services from Perth to the cities of Port Hedland; Karratha and Newman; supporting the communities with tourism opportunities, freight and postal services.
We are also growing our Cabin Crew base that was established earlier this year. By July 2011 we will have more than 85 Cabin Crew and 52 pilots based in Perth,” he added.
Mr Borghetti said the airline was also investing in infrastructure at Perth Airport with plans to move to the international precinct in 2013.