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Virgin Oz leases Alliance planes to mount new service

March 20, 2018 Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

Virgin Australia will in June begin services between Brisbane and Alice Springs, increasing its regional domestic network offering in a deal with Alliance Airlines.

From 19 June 2018, Virgin Australia will operate a twice-weekly return service on Tuesdays and Thursdays under a “wet lease” (crewed) agreement with Alliance, operated by Alliance’s Fokker 100 and Fokker 70 fleet of aircraft.

Speaking at the Routes Asia 2018 conference in Brisbane, Virgin Australia Airlines group executive Rob Sharp said the new services would provide greater flexibility for guests travelling to Central Australia.

“Virgin Australia is pleased to be building upon our presence in the Queensland and Northern Territory markets.

“We are committed to connecting guests based in regional areas with Australia and the rest of the world. These services will not only strengthen our domestic network offering and increase competition on this route, but they will also provide better connectivity to international destinations such as New Zealand,” Sharp said.

Alliance Airlines Fokker 100

Chief executive of Northern Territory Airports, Ian Kew, said the new services would help boost tourism growth in Alice Springs.

“These new services will not only provide guests with more choice, they will also play a key role in attracting more tourists to Alice Springs, which in turn will drive economic growth in our region,” Kew said.

Services between Brisbane and Rockhampton, currently operated by Alliance’s Fokker 100 fleet, will also benefit with Virgin Australia upgrading two existing return flights to its Boeing 737 aircraft, adding over 300 seats per week in to the region.

Flights between Brisbane and Alice Springs went on sale yesterday.

Brisbane-Alice Springs Schedule

Route Flight Number Day of the week Depart/Arrive
BNE-ASP VA1023 Tuesday, Thursday 1015/1305
ASP-BNE VA1026 Tuesday, Thursday 1340/1700

Edited by Peter Needham






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  1. AgentGerko says:

    VA foolishly got rid of their fleet of Embraer jets and now only has a large fleet of Boeing 737-800’s which carry 176 passengers and are too big for many routes such as Sydney – Canberra, Sydney – Mackay and Sydney – Ballina. They operate the smaller Boeing 737-700 which carries 126 pax but they only have two of them. Qantas, by comparison, has a fleet of 20 Boeing 717’s which carry between 110-125 pax and are perfectly suited to these routes. So VA now has to go second best by using old Alliance Fokkers because their only other aircraft, the ATR72 is too small and much too slow to compete, even with the Qantas Q400’s.

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