Monday, 17 July 2017

Virgin Australia Drops Sectors

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA B777-3GZ VH-VPF (CN 37940)        File Photo

I posted this last month but I was a month early so I am posting it again.
From today Virgin Australia will no longer fly from Brisbane to Bundaberg, Gladstone and Moranbah in Queensland or Port Macquarie in New South Wales. These routes have been handed over to Alliance Airlines but the flights will still have Virgin Australia code share flight numbers. Brisbane-based Alliance Airlines is also adding wet-lease flying for Virgin Australia on three more routes from Brisbane to Cloncurry, Mt Isa and Rockhampton.

Although passengers will be traveling on an ‘Alliance Airlines’ aircraft rather than one painted as ‘Virgin Australia’, if you book the flight with Virgin you will still be provided with the full serve of frequent flyer points and status credits. Alliance Airlines will be using their Fokker 100's and Fokker 70LR aircraft in their place. “The operation of the regional Queensland and wet lease flights will require an additional three operational aircraft that have already been acquire from Austrian Airlines,” 
ALLIANCE F28  / 100 VH-FKJ (CN 11372)               File Photo

ALLIANCE F28  / 70 VH-FKJ (CN 11571)               File Photo

The shake-up comes as Virgin Australia reduces the size of its regional ATR turboprop fleet from 14 planes down to just 6 from mid-2017. The six ATR 72-500s to be withdrawn are FVH, VH-FVI, VH-FVL, VH-FVM, VH-FVU and VH-FVX.
VIRGIN AUSTRALIA ATR 72 - 212'S              File Photo

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