Quote: Virgin Blue said it will use its 20 Embraer E-Jet aircraft primarily for off-peak routes between capital cities. Chief executive Brett Godfrey announced it will fly to 18 new destinations with eight in Queensland and the Northern Territory, seven in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania and three in Western Australia.
The inaugural route for the new jets will be Brisbane to Hobart, and the carrier expects to take delivery of its first Embraer jets in October
I'm sure DJ first EMB-170 was due in August with introduction into service in October?
Talking about the new destinations (my guesses - I must stress that these are my guesses!). Also keep in mind that I have no idea if the airports at all of these destinations can handle EMBs. Some guesses:
Ayers Rock (Uluru)
New South Wales/Victoria/Tasmania
Kununurra and/or Esperance
Anyone think of any more possible destinations?
Great to see BNE-HBA gets the first Embraer service. I believe the 73W serving this route is too big and an EMB will be more suitable (keep daily services though).
Exciting few months ahead and looks like DJ will expand bigtime!
Kal-Boulder will defintley be one after they said they were going to start up a couple of years ago but the 737 was too big.
Broome will most likley be back although it wouldnt be a 'new' destination per se so dunno bout that one.
Theres Karratha and Port Hedland(needs some competition), Learmonth (Exmouth) which is better than the great barrier reef , Geraldton, Albany (Regional WA's biggest 'city' @ 35,00 people)
Couldnt see them going to either Kunnas or Esperance especially Kununurra becauses there wouldnt be enough people wanting to travel there for tourist things. Skywest serves Esperance and thats all it really needs and Argyle Diamonds has contracts with QF/NJ and Ozjet? so there goes the Kununurra market.
Will be interesting to see where they head. Geraldton would be good, Skywest has 35 services a week out of Geraldton and apparntley they are just keeping up...