ZKNCL From New Zealand, joined Oct 2010, 290 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2209 times:
With the latest news on the new Virgin Australia rebranding I was wondering on the future of Pacific Blue and Polynesian Blue? Will they be absorbed into Virgin Australia? V Australia? New branding? Or remain the same? With the government owning a stake of Polynesian Blue I'd think that they would be allowed to become part of Virgin Australia or V Australia.
xiaotung From New Zealand, joined Jan 2006, 840 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2197 times:
I think these questions have been answered. V Australia and Pacific Blue will fold into Virgin Australia by the end of the year. And they are negotiating with Samoan government with regard to Polynesian Blue.
Quote: SYDNEY — Sir Richard Branson Wednesday announced a rebranding of Virgin's airline operations in Australia and the Pacific in a bid to grab a larger slice of the corporate market from rival Qantas.
Domestic carrier Virgin Blue and its international offshoots, Pacific Blue and V Australia, will all be known as Virgin Australia, with negotiations under way to bring Polynesia Blue under the same umbrella.
British entrepreneur and part owner Branson, who launched the new airline in Sydney with chief executive John Borghetti, said the move would allow Virgin to build a single strong brand recognised globally.
kiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8565 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2035 times:
Quoting Bluebird191 (Reply 2): Domestic carrier Virgin Blue and its international offshoots, Pacific Blue and V Australia, will all be known as Virgin Australia, with negotiations under way to bring Polynesia Blue under the same umbrella
the last bit is interesting , on the one hand it is hard to imagine the Samoan government being keen on having their national carrier operating under an Australian brand , but on the other hand they may decide that is preferable to having no carrier at all , let's face it , if DJ pulled out it would be hard to see the Samoan government being able to keep the airline going on its own ... and if the airline disappeared it would have major consequences for tourism and therefore for the Samoan economy .
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vhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1471 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1970 times:
Also don't forget that Polynesian Blue doesn't have any aircraft of their own they use Pacific Blue's fleet which includes one Polynesian Blue branded aircraft. But any Pacific Blue NZ 737 can operate Polynesian Blue flights into Apia and ZK-PBF can operate any Pacific Blue NZ flight.
Maybe we will see small Polynesian Blue titles under the window line of a couple of NZ based Virgin Australia aircraft?
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Bluebird191 From Papua New Guinea, joined Apr 2011, 157 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1821 times:
Quoting ryan h (Reply 6): Will the ZK registered 737s come back to the VH register?.
Maybe we could see something along the lines of QF's Jetconnect - where Jetconnect operate QF 737 services across the Tasman, maybe Pacific Blue will continue to exist on paper. That is, Pacific Blue essentially being DJ's equivalent of Jetconnect, except that all most international 737 services will be operated by them instead of Virgin Australia (with all aircraft being in Virgin Australia livery), with the exceptions of flights to DPS and HKT. With Pacific Blue being headquartered in Christchurch, it gives them a lower cost base than their Aussie counterparts, which is partly why Jetconnect continues to exist. The only non-Jetconnect flight that QF has that I can think of across the Tasman is the SYD-AKL A332 flight that essentially continues onwards to LAX and JFK.
Zkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4832 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1739 times:
As Bluebird has suggested, NZL based crews might work for a company called Pacific Blue.
All the airlines will be called Virgin Australia except Polynesian Blue as it is 50:50 with Samoan Govt. Expect that airline to be renamed Virgin Polynesia perhaps.