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Pacific Blue Brings Sydney More Competition To More Of New Zealand


Flights To Wellington And Christchurch Take Off Today

Pacific Blue’s^ two newest services from Wellington and Christchurch will touch down in Sydney today, bringing full loads of enthusiastic travellers and new opportunities for New South Wales’ buzzing tourism industry.

The first return flight to Wellington will take off from Sydney at 9.05am following official celebrations featuring Breakfast Cocktails and gift-bags filled with goodies for departing Guests provided by the excited team from Positively Wellington Tourism.

Among those on hand to celebrate the historic first flight to New Zealand’s Capital city will be David Huttner, Head of Virgin Blue/Pacific Blue Strategy and Communication, David Taylor - Sydney Airport General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Human Resources and Chris Lamers - General Manager, Positively Wellington Tourism.

The first flight between Sydney and Christchurch will also depart from the International Airport at 6.00pm today following a New Zealand flavoured wine and cheese tasting farewell party, featuring products from the Christchurch Canterbury region and a traditional Maori ceremony.

Today’s inaugural flights herald Pacific Blue’s first foray into New South Wales from its home base of Christchurch, with Sydney being the first city the airline will operate services to and from Wellington.

Mid-Week Mini-Fares between both Sydney-Christchurch and Sydney-Wellington start from $199* one-way on the net, making travelling to New Zealand more affordable for more people wanting to jet across the Tasman to hit the ski slopes in the South or visit to Wellington with its many cultural attractions such as the Te Papa Museum and the easy access to some of the country’s best wineries. For those with family and friends in New Zealand, it provides an affordable excuse to fly over for a visit.

Pacific Blue currently operates daily services between Brisbane and Melbourne to Christchurch, and the addition of the new Sydney services are also set to boost tourism and business travel from the two key New Zealand ports to the NSW capital and beyond, with Virgin Blue’s connecting services across Australia.

Pacific Blue CEO Tony Marks said, “Sydney is obviously one of Virgin Blue’s most popular destinations domestically and we have no doubt the city’s beautiful beaches, buildings and shopping attractions will appeal to New Zealanders looking for a weeks entertainment or a weekend mini-break. The flight times are also great for Kiwi business travellers who can spend the morning in the office in New Zealand before hopping on a flight to Sydney, arriving in time for dinner with clients in Sydney.”

He added, “Australia is the most popular international destination for New Zealanders, while New Zealand is where the majority of Australians go when they travel off-shore. We are confident the expansion of Pacific Blue services will get more people travelling between the two countries, and this can only be good for everyone.”

“We are certainly giving the other carriers a bit of a run for their money and at the same time, offering Aussies and Kiwis alike something they haven’t had enough of to date – low cost, high service, daily flights across the Tasman”, Tony Marks finished.

David Huttner, Head of Virgin Blue Strategy and Communications said, “Until now, only Auckland had real competition instead of a cosy duopoly. Since Pacific Blue announced its intentions we’ve seen Qantas increase capacity on Christchurch and Air New Zealand increase capacity on Wellington.

#8220;Pacific Blue is proud of its role as a catalyst in ensuring that these two key cities are finally benefiting from high quality, low fare services across the Tasman”, David Huttner finished.

Pacific Blue fares to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney can be purchased online at or by phoning 13 16 45.

^ Pacific Blue is a New Zealand based low fare carrier operating a fleet of bright red, brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft, emblazoned with on the side. The aircraft are fresh from the Boeing factory in Seattle and carry the most modern technology in the South Pacific. The aircraft carry 180 Guests and feature leather seats pitched to 31” or more. Bookings can be made by logging on to, by calling 13 16 45 or by contacting your local travel agent.

* Fares include all taxes, are quoted in A$ and are for flights booked on the Internet ex-Australia. $10 more by phone. Mid-Week Mini-Fares are for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Fares are subject to availability and may not be available on all flights or peak days.

Please note from 21 March 2004 the schedule will change due to daylight saving time.