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Tuesday 6 October 2009: BRISBANE, Australia: After only seven months in the air, V Australia’s stellar in-flight entertainment (IFE) system and Business Class product have been voted BEST in their categories in two separate consumer driven awards surveys.


The trans-Pacific airline won BEST OVERALL in the small airlines category from a line-up of 38 commercial airlines from around the globe at the 21st Annual World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) Avion Awards in Palm Springs California. In the same awards V Australia’s code-share partner, Emirates, was also voted ‘Best Overall’ for large airlines and ‘Best in Region – Middle East and Africa’ with sister airlines Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic receiving ‘Best in Region – Americas’ and ‘Best in Region – Europe.


The WAEA awards honour excellence in in-flight entertainment with categories voted on by 60,000 travellers from around the world. Winners are ranked highest by airline passengers in opinion polls administered online in 11 languages by Skytrax over a two month period.


Closer to home, V Australia also won ‘Best Business Class’ in the e-Travel Blackboard 2009 Readers Choice Awards with sister airline Virgin Blue taking out Best Domestic Airline in the same awards.


Brett Godfrey, Virgin Blue Airlines Group Chief Executive, extended a hearty congratulations to the entire V Australia team for their achievements.


“For V Australia to achieve not one but two awards only seven months since launch, as voted by travellers from around the world, is a phenomenal effort and a credit to the hard work, attention to detail and dedication of the entire V Australia team.


“We always knew our product was second to none and our Guests obviously think the same, which makes us even more determined to continue to develop and refine our product so we continue to not only meet, but exceed the expectations of our Guests.”


V Australia’s on demand IFE features more than 100 movies and TV shows, over 200 music CDs and 15 radio channels as well as seat-to-seat connectivity and interactive games from individual seat back screens offering 9in-wide screen in International Economy, 10.6in-wide screens in International Premium Economy and 12.1in screens in International Business.


For more information about WAEA Avion Awards or the in-flight entertainment industry, visit www.waea.org. For more information on the e-Travel Blackboard 2009 Readers Choice Awards visit www.etravelblackboard.com.


For V Australia bookings visit www.vaustralia.com.au