Australian airline plans services to Phuket  

V Australia, Australia’s new full-service airline, will operate direct flights to Phuket from Melbourne and Brisbane, while its sister airline, Pacific Blue Airlines, will operate a service from Perth.

V Australia plans to commence twice weekly services from Brisbane, 22 November and once a week from Melbourne, 3 December. The airline will be the first to offer nonstop flights to Phuket from Brisbane and Melbourne.

The Brisbane flight departs Sunday at 0925 and arrives in Phuket at 1540. It returns 1815 and lands in Brisbane at 0540 on the following day.

Another flight leaves Fridays at 0945 and arrives in Phuket at 1540. The return flight departs Phuket at 1925 and lands in Melbourne at 0800 on the following day.

The Melbourne-Phuket service departs every Thursday, at 1200 and lands in Phuket at 1640.

V Australia, a member of the Virgin Blue Airlines group, started services last February with a Sydney-Los Angeles route. The airline is set to take delivery of its fourth Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class seat configuration — 33 in business, 40 premium economy and 288 in economy.

Virgin Blue Airlines Group chief executive, Brett Godfrey, identified key destinations in the US, Thailand and South Africa as the targets for leisure travel related services out of bases in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne”

From Melbourne, it will offer Los Angeles services, twice weekly, from 1 December and from the same city to Johannesburg, 13 March 2010.

The airline has also lodged an application with the International Air Services Commission for permission to operate flights between Australia and Fiji.

Pacific Blue Airlines, an international short haul subsidiary of Virgin Blue will launch nonstop flights to Phuket, 14 November, as it continues to build both a domestic and international route network out of Perth, Western Australia.

The airline will provide twice weekly service from Perth using Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 192 seats — 12 in premium economy class and 180 in economy.

Phuket-bound flights depart every Tuesdays and Saturday at 1035 and arrive in Phuket at 1620. Flights returns on Wednesday and Sunday at 1405 and arrive in Perth at 2145.

Phuket is Pacific Blue second city in Southeast Asia after the launch of Perth-Denpasar late last year.


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