Wed, Apr 08, 2009
LAX-Brisbane Service Begins Wednesday
It's amazing what
a couple new planes can do when it comes to
launching a new airline. Less than six weeks after starting its
inaugural Los Angeles-Sydney service, V Australia will launch its
second route, to Brisbane, on Wednesday.
The "long haul boutique style" airline -- we're not quite sure
what means, either -- has added three weekly departures to
Brisbane, in addition to its daily flights to Sydney. As with the
inaugural flight, V Australia will use a recently-delivered Boeing
777-300ER on the Brisbane run from Los Angeles International.
Virgin Blue Group CEO Brett Godfrey notes trans-Pacific fares
have dropped 54 percent over last year's figures, "a direct result
of competition and a new player in the game.
"We are again pleased to be a catalyst for more affordable air
fares on this previously duopolistic market," Godfrey said.
"Already we are aware of people who have now flown V Australia
between the US and Australia, be it for business or pleasure, who
up until now, weren’t able to do so. We are very proud of
Godfrey added that "while it's early days, V Australia is
performing to our expectations and based on feedback to date,
exceeding those of our guests."
V Australia will be only the second airline to offer direct
flights from Los Angeles to Brisbane. The airline's base LAX-BNE
fares start from $530 for a return economy flight, $1849 for a
Premium Economy return flight... and $5199 for a Business Class
For that princely sum, Business Class passengers may luxuriate
in lie-flat beds... with "complimentary business class 'flip
flops.'" We thought you'd like to know that...
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