The operators of
Virgin Blue Australia have announced details of their new international airline
that will run long haul flights from Australia to the west coast of the US from
November 2008. Named V Australia this new airline will service a route that Qantas
has dominated for many years.
Along with this announcement Virgin Blue’s chief executive,
Brett Godfrey also announced that V Australia will operate a fleet of 7 Boeing
777-300ER, this is opposed to the current operators of Qantas and United Airlines
that are currently running the Boeing 747 Aircraft. In total V Australia will
be competing with four other airlines, the other two being Air New Zealand who
code share with United Airlines and American Airlines that code share with
The airlines name V Australia was chosen from a competition
that Virgin Blue Australia ran earlier this year, in additional to naming the
airline the public were also asked to name the companies first launch aircraft,
with the name “Didgeree Blue” being chosen.
Virgin Blue Airlines chief executive, Brett Godfrey, said:
“This is the first time in decades Australia has a start up long haul
international airline and we look forward to bringing competitive air fares and
a new style of service to the transpacific market.”
The configuration of the V Australia aircraft which will
service this route still remain unclear, and a secret the company is keeping
close to its chest.
Virgin Blue has received regulatory approval from Australia’s
International Air Services Commission (IASC) for eastern Australia to the US
and is now waiting for regulatory approval from the US authorities.
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