It seems as though mother nature is getting ever more relentless and decided not to cease to cause troubles. This time it is the airlines operating to the popular leisure destination Bali and their passengers that have suffered from the whims of an Indonesian volcano Mount Bromo.
Among the affected airlines which had to cancel a number of flights to Bali are Jetstar, Virgin Blue and Cathay Pacific.
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Virgin Blue Group announced that it would be expanding services on five their routes from Melbourne Airport. Pacific Blue will increase services from Melbourne to Denpasar from five weekly to daily and from October 31 and will also increase services from Melbourne to Christchurch from four weekly flights to daily
In December, V Australia will operate an additional weekly service from Melbourne to Los Angeles (three times a week), Johannesburg (three times a week) and Phuket (twice a week). This announcement follows the Virgin Blue Group increases in May from Melbourne to Fiji and Denpasar.
If you enjoy travelling across Asia, you may want to try searching for cheap airfares Denpasar to Singaporer or Kuala Lumpur to Phuket.
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Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue Airlines Group have announced their intention to seek regulatory approval to create an alliance on the trans-Tasman. The proposed alliance will allow the airlines to strengthen their competitive offering on the trans-Tasman and to collaborate on future route and product planning, code sharing and frequent flyer programme benefits.
The proposed alliance will connect regional centres in Australia and New Zealand but only as part of a Tasman journey and does not include domestic-only travel in either Australia or New Zealand. The agreement is not a signal of intention by Air New Zealand or Virgin Blue to take a shareholding in the other. For more details continue to airnewzealand.co.nz.
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Virgin America has announced that it has partnered with V Australia and Virgin Blue to allow each airline’s loyalty program members to earn points when taking flights on the three Virgin-branded airlines.
The partnership means that guests flying on Virgin America, V Australia, and Virgin Blue will all be able to earn credit for their flights that will be redeemable under any of the carrier’s frequent flyer programs. Guests will be now able to earn points on any of the carriers they choose.
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Long haul airline Virgin Atlantic has announced that Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold and Silver Cardmembers will now be able to receive additional benefits when flying on V Australia and Virgin Blue.
The airlines’ frequent flyer programs first joined forces in July last year when they launched an agreement which allowed Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club Members and V Australia‘s Velocity Members to earn Velocity Points or Flying Club Miles on both V Australia and Virgin Atlantic flights.
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Low cost airline Virgin Blue will celebrate ‘Christmas in April’ this year as the airline confirms its intention to commence non-stop services between Perth and Christmas and Cocos (Keeling Islands) with fares from as little as $464 one-way on the net.
The three weekly flights from Perth to Christmas Island are set for take-off on Thursday April 1, 2010 with services between Perth and Cocos Island commencing shortly after on Saturday April 3. Flights between Cocos Island and Christmas Island will also commence on April 3.
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Australian Open organisers are proud to announce the signing of a new sponsorship deal with V Australia, the international airline of Virgin Blue Airlines Group. V Australia will be known as the official airline of the Australian Open and the Brisbane International.
The new partnership will see all Tennis Australia staff travel with V Australia internationally and Virgin Blue domestically.
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Delta Air Lines and the Virgin Blue Airlines Group announced they will implement their first codeshare flights beginning in January 2010. The flights mark the beginning of a previously announced marketing alliance between Delta and Virgin Blue’s long-haul airline – V Australia – to offer customers access to more destinations across the Pacific as well as reciprocal airport lounge and frequent flyer benefits.
Six routes are available for codeshare booking by Delta and V Australia customers for connecting travel. Virgin Blue customers may now book tickets for travel beginning Jan. 18 on Delta-operated flights between Los Angeles and Cincinnati, New York-JFK, Orlando and Salt Lake City. Delta customers may now book tickets for travel beginning Feb. 15 on Virgin Blue-operated flights between Sydney and Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia.
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Less than three months after Virgin Blue launched services between Perth and Port Hedland the airline has announced it will provide double daily services five days a week (from Monday to Friday) boosting capacity on the route from seven to 12 flights a week from November 16, 2009.
The new services will operate every weekday morning departing Perth at 6am and arriving into Port Hedland at 8.05am before returning to Perth by 10.35am the same day. This is in addition to the current schedule which offers a daily return service each afternoon departing Perth at 4.10pm and Port Hedland 6.45pm.
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Virgin Blue Airlines joined with internationally acclaimed scientist, conservationist, author and Chairman of Copenhagen Climate Council, Professor Tim Flannery, to honour the purchaser of the airline’s one millionth seat to have its carbon emissions offset since the launch of Virgin Blue’s Carbon Offset Program in 2007.
Virgin Blue was the first airline in the world to have a Government-certified Carbon Offset Program. Adhering to the high standards required to be certified under the Australian Government’s Greenhouse Friendly Program has contributed to the success of the program and to Guest confidence in choosing to offset their flights with the airline.
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