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Pacific Blue Airlines changes its titles to comply with an Indonesian directive

Pacific Blue Airlines (Christchurch) has changed its titles on its Boeing 737s in order to comply with an Indonesian directive.

Pacific Blue is the New Zealand based subsidiary of Australian airline Virgin Blue. Pacific Blue currently operates low-fare air services between New Zealand and Australia, and Australia to South Asia. It also operates services on behalf of Polynesian Blue.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Please click on the photo for the full details of the change.

Virgin Blue Holdings alliance with Etihad Airways is approved

Virgin Blue Holdings’ (Brisbane) five-year alliance between Virgin Blue Holdings (the owner of Virgin Blue, Pacific Blue and V Australia) and Etihad Airways has been approved by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Etihad Airways is based in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, which is also the airline’s hub. Etihad’s fleet of 54 aircraft operates close to 1000 flights per week, serving an international network of 64 destinations in 42 countries.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Please click on the photo for information on V Australia.

Combined route map: The alliance will give both entities many route options.

Virgin Blue and Air New Zealand did not receive antitrust approval

Virgin Blue Airlines Group (Virgin Blue Airlines, Pacific Blue Airlines and V Australia) (Brisbane) and Air New Zealand (Auckland) had their proposed trans-Tasman alliance initially denied by Australia’s antitrust regulator. The regulator was concerned this alliance would reduce competition.

Both carriers can appeal the decision and provide more information before September 24 when a final decision will be made by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

In other news, Virgin Blue is planning to introduce a new brand.

Read Richard Branson’s comments concerning these recent decisions in the Herald Sun:


Pacific Blue Airlines to leave the New Zealand domestic market by October 17

Pacific Blue Airlines (flypacificblue.com) (subsidiary of Virgin Blue Airlines) (Christchurch) will drop all domestic routes in New Zealand by October 17 due to the continued losses. The subsidiary will concentrate on its trans-Tasman routes.

Read the full report from the Sydney Morning Herald:


Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBB (msn 33797) approaches Sydney for landing.

Pacific Blue to add Auckland-Cairns starting on March 23

Please click on the AG icon for a direct link to the Pacific Blue photo gallery.

Pacific Blue Airlines (Christchurch) will take on Air New Zealand and add twice-weekly service between Auckland and Cairns starting on March 23, 2010.

News link:


Pacific Blue to fly Auckland-Queenstown


Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Pacific Blue Airlines (Christchurch) will begin flying the Auckland-Queenstown route on weekends starting in September.


Press release:


Delta and Virgin Blue announce a “joint venture”

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and Virgin Blue Airlines Group (Virgin Blue Airlines, Pacific Blue Airlines and V Australia) (Brisbane) have announced their intention to form a “joint venture” for greater cooperation. Ironically Delta and V Australia now compete on the Los Angeles-Sydney route. QANTAS Airways is aligned with American Airlines.

Press release details: