QF175
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Virgin Blue Embraers - 1st Route BNE-HBA

Wed May 30, 2007 2:57 pm

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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:

Queensland/Northern Territory
  • Ayers Rock (Uluru)
  • Alice Springs
  • Mount Isa
  • Gladstone
  • Bundaberg
  • Emerald
  • ...
New South Wales/Victoria/Tasmania
  • Albury
  • Mildura
  • Tamworth
  • Wollongong?
  • ...
Western Australia
  • Kalgoorlie
  • 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!  Smile

Rgds
 
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RE: Virgin Blue Embraers - 1st Route BNE-HBA

Wed May 30, 2007 3:37 pm

Quoting QF175 (Thread starter):

great to hear. Finally some confirmed dates

Quoting QF175 (Thread starter):
Anyone think of any more possible destinations?

Canberra could possibly be one
 
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RE: Virgin Blue Embraers - 1st Route BNE-HBA

Wed May 30, 2007 4:24 pm

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 1):
Canberra could possibly be one

Agree.

Although Brett Godfrey has denied it, I think that DJ will ramp up MEL-CBR, and will also start SYD-CBR.
 
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RE: Virgin Blue Embraers - 1st Route BNE-HBA

Wed May 30, 2007 5:27 pm

Quoting QF175 (Thread starter):
three in Western Australia

that's great news for WA, that will make the total of destinations 5. Kalgoorlie is to be one for sure, and will probably be a PER-Kalgoorlie shuttle.

Will they station one of their E-170's at PER to do PER - kalgoorlie - PER - destination 2 - PER - destination 3 - PER (or in any other order) routing (daily)?

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RE: Virgin Blue Embraers - 1st Route BNE-HBA

Wed May 30, 2007 5:56 pm

Quoting QF175 (Thread starter):
Western Australia

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  Smile, 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...
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RE: Virgin Blue Embraers - 1st Route BNE-HBA

Wed May 30, 2007 5:59 pm

Any idea how the new aircraft will be painted? same as 737's or maybe something differant to make them stand out?
 
flyjetstar
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RE: Virgin Blue Embraers - 1st Route BNE-HBA

Wed May 30, 2007 6:12 pm

None for New Zealand domestic ops.
 
CXfirst
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RE: Virgin Blue Embraers - 1st Route BNE-HBA

Wed May 30, 2007 6:17 pm

Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 4):
Broome will most likley be back although it wouldnt be a 'new' destination per se so dunno bout that one.

When was that discontinued?

Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 4):

Monkey Mia might also be one of the WA destinations.

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RE: Virgin Blue Embraers - 1st Route BNE-HBA

Wed May 30, 2007 10:13 pm

Victoria

Latrobe Valley Airport (BNE, SYD)
Mildura (SYD, ADL)
Albury (BNE, ADL)

NSW

Wagga (MEL, SYD)
Broken Hill (ADL, SYD)

They are a few opportuntities I see
 
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RE: Virgin Blue Embraers - 1st Route BNE-HBA

Thu May 31, 2007 12:28 am

Do you think DJ will encroach on REX?

Otehr markets would be between existing DJ cities that dont have nonstop service, like ADL-DRW or ADL-Townsville
 
CXfirst
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RE: Virgin Blue Embraers - 1st Route BNE-HBA

Thu May 31, 2007 8:45 am

I could see PER-DRW come with the E-190....

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RE: Virgin Blue Embraers - 1st Route BNE-HBA

Thu May 31, 2007 10:18 am

Quoting QF175 (Thread starter):
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

Doesn't say when, BNE-HBA is surprising I guess the 737 is just to big.
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RE: Virgin Blue Embraers - 1st Route BNE-HBA

Thu May 31, 2007 8:47 pm

Any thoughts on Adelaide - Launceston or Adelaide - Newcastle?