QF744 From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 415 posts, RR: 1 Posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 23063 times:
Big news for Virgin Blue Group.
Below is from Travel Daily..
V Australia to operate to Abu Dhabi - drops Africa and Thailand
Virgin Blue has just announced a $21.3 million net profit for the year to 30 Jun, as well as revealing a "major new partnership" with Etihad Airways.
The deal will enable V Australia to launch non-stop services to Abu Dhabi in 2011, with the two airlines set to offer a joint network of more than 100 destinations from 01 Oct.
V Australia will operate three weekly Sydney-Abu DHabi services per week from Feb 2011, as well as three Brisbane-Abu Dhabi flights by February 2012, while the agreement will also see DJ customers able to access the EY network of 65 destinations.
Reciprocally, all Virgin Blue services will available to Etihad customers, with the agreement also integrating the Etihad Guest and Velocity frequent flyer programs.
Virgin Blue ceo John Borghetti said the alliance would allow the carrier to redefine its long haul operation and unlock a "genuine global network.
"This is a real game changer and positions us as a truly global player," he said.
Borghetti also announced the second phase of the Virgin Blue network review, which will see Virgin Blue add two wide-body A330-200 aircraft to its domestic fleet to provide "additional flexibility, capacity and product opportunities to better penetrate both the leisure, corporate and government markets".
V Australia will also suspend its flights to South Africa and Phuket, in addition to the previously announced withdrawal of its Fiji services. The Johannesburg and Phuket services will cease operation in Feb 2011, Borghetti said.
DJ748 From Australia, joined Jul 2006, 355 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 22673 times:
Quoting PM (Reply 4): I wonder where the two A330s are coming from? Used or new? Owned or leased?
Rumour has it they will be leased, and ex Emirates aircraft. EK are going to be starting to rid themselves of their A330-200's, and DJ have stepped in to take some (or atleast 2 at this stage) on lease. They should be initially be used domestically on routes they need to bolster capacity on - SYD-MEL-SYD, SYD-PER-SYD, and SYD-BNE-SYD to a lesser extent.
BoeingVista From Australia, joined Jan 2009, 1689 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 22614 times:
Quoting DJ748 (Reply 6): Rumour has it they will be leased, and ex Emirates aircraft. EK are going to be starting to rid themselves of their A330-200's, and DJ have stepped in to take some (or atleast 2 at this stage) on lease. They should be initially be used domestically on routes they need to bolster capacity on - SYD-MEL-SYD, SYD-PER-SYD, and SYD-BNE-SYD to a lesser extent.
Yep, the 737-800's don't cut it on those routes at peak, also IMHO PER is still short of peak capacity since the withdrawal of the QF 747-300's
A new phase in the Australian aviation battle commences.
Kent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 1017 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 22403 times:
The statement talked about the A330s for travel between the west and east, where QF already uses A330/767 exclusively form SYD/MEL. DJ is obviously trying to get more of the business market by offering a similar product. It is interesting, given previous discussion was about east coast capacity, but maybe they'll expand if successful with the AirBii to Perth?
Apparently the QF/Etihad agreement will be terminated within months.
smi0006 From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 1645 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 21527 times:
Very interesting indeed, I am not to familiar with these kinds of deals but is this simply interlining with frequent flyer reciprocal benifits? Does QF currently have this plus a codeshare with EY? I always thought it would be QF who would enter into this kind of deal with EY, not VA. Maybe borgehtti made some friends at EY during his time at QF? Lol Shame MEL will only see three weekly services to LAX I thought Jo'burg was doing well, guess I was wrong lol.
I wonder if these A332 will feature some kind of buisness class? These will certainly be a nice addition to the Australian skys! I do echo the sentiments of above that they now more than Virgim need a new paint scheme, new uniforms wouldn't go astray either!
I hope we see some form of response from QF (I doubt we will, however I still live in hope Joyce is a bit more daring then Dixon) simply for competitive purposes, better products, more flights, more route, all the sort of things that get our A.netter juices flowing!
IndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 3280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 21462 times:
Very dissapointing news.
Looks like they will be dropping MEL then, as I can not see ultilisation for 1 77W on LAX services alone. There is no mention of AUH from MEL either, so Its confusing. Maybe NRT might on on the cards
AUH is such a strange choice, considering that EY already have strong connections frrom Australia already, with their own metal. Such increases will really just take things up to around daily on BNE-AUH and 2 daily on SYD-AUH. There is really going to be a struggle to get increase frequencies past that, so unless VA end up taking over some EY frequencies, it seems a strange decision for any longer term route growth, unless they plan to move onto MEL-AUH in future also.
747m8te From Australia, joined Aug 2008, 529 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 20680 times:
Quoting PM (Reply 16): My first ever Ansett flight was SYD-PER on an A320. I rather enjoyed it.
yeah...but that was Ansett...very different to flying on a DJ 737...
Quoting Dalavia (Reply 11): With the A330s, Virgin Blue is looking more and more like a serious airline.
Just two suggestions from me to help this process:
a. Stop charging passengers for check-in bags (makes them look too LCC)
b. It's time for a more professional livery.
these would be a good start into making them a serious airline...
A330s are a good start, though I realy do hope they overhaul their entire product, DJs premium economy is still not at a standard to take on QFs J class, and the regular economy seats are just too uncomfortable, and the PTVs in the seats are far too small and of poor quality.