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’ (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 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 (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:
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.