V Australia pulls out of South Africa and Phuket


Virgin Blue Group has announced plans to remove V Australia flights from South Africa and Phuket to focus on Los Angeles and Middle East routes.

The change comes after Virgin announced a partnership with Middle Eastern airline Etihad to launch nonstop flights to Abu Dhabi, Business with the Wall Street Journal reported.

Travelling to South Africa has not proved to be profitable said the Sydney based airline while the Phuket service has also failed to peak.

Virgin Blue Group Chief Executive John Borghetti said the partnership with Etihad would provide V Australia with a platform to launch longer flights to the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Australia’s second largest airline has also decided to include A330-200 places to its domestic routes “as a game changer that would allow it to grow its fleet and network capabilities”.

“The first A330-200’s will operate services between Perth and the east coast of Australia, enabling Virgin Blue to grow available capacity, especially at peak times, extending the airline’s appeal to business travellers,” Mr Borghetti said.

Earlier this week Virgin Blue released financial reports demonstrating the company’s successful year earning a net profit before tax of $34.3 million as well as a 13.1 percent growth in underlying earnings.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
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