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Wednesday 26 August 2009: Less than seven months since launch Australia’s newest international airline, V Australia, has carried its 100,000th Guest, bringing the Virgin Blue Airline Group’s tally to 100-million Guests since Virgin Blue’s first flight in August 2000.


V Australia’s 100,000th Guest, Mr Noel Palmer from Melbourne, who travelled with his wife Kerry from Sydney to Los Angeles last night, was pleasantly surprised at check-in with a personal greeting from the Airport Manager, access to the business lounge prior to the flight and a complimentary upgrade for two to travel in V Australia’s International Business Class.


Virgin Blue Group Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey, said, “V Australia has been very well received by travellers both here and in the US and we’ve been very encouraged by strong support for our newest airline.


“In 2002, two years after our first airline Virgin Blue launched, we welcomed our 5-millionth Guest on board. Less than a year later our 10-millionth Guest travelled and the number doubled to 20-million Guests by April 2004. They were significant milestones for a ‘little’ airline at the time.


“These days we’d stopped counting until one of our team pointed out that V Australia’s 100,000th Guest would mean our Group had also passed the 100-millionth mark as we enter our 10th year so that’s reason enough to pop a few champagne corks,” he said.


V Australia currently operates daily flights between Sydney and Los Angeles and three return services a week between Brisbane and LA and has recently announced four new routes to commence from December onwards including:


Brisbane to Phuket, Thailand direct twice weekly from 22 November 2009.

Melbourne to Phuket, Thailand direct flights one a week from 3 December 2009.

Melbourne to Los Angeles, USA direct flights twice weekly from 1 December 2009.

Melbourne to Johannesburg, South Africa direct flights from 13 March 2010.


V Australia’s International Business Class features fully lie-flat beds, state-of-the-art seat back entertainment, on demand meals from the airline’s gourmet menu and premium refreshments served at your seat or at the Business Class sit down bar and dining area.