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)
- Alice Springs
- Mount Isa
- Kununurra and/or Esperance
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!