Recent developments have seen Virgin Blue sign an agreement with Emirates Airline for the international long-haul carrier V-Australia to code share on services between Australia and New Zealand starting from October 25th.
The agreement is V-Australia's first code share and also the first code share for Emirates' with an Aussie airline. It has been designed so that passengers will be able to easily link Emirates flights between Sydney and either Auckland or Christchurch with V-Australia flights between Sydney and LA.
The agreement was revealed to the public during a speech to the aviation media in Sydney. Virgin Blue also announced that approximately 30% of its V-Australia's seats have been sold for the upcoming Christmas to January peak holiday season in Australia.
V-Australia has laid down plans to adjust their flight schedule in order to better the connecting times with Emirates flights. They are also claiming to provide New Zealand passengers with a greater, more streamlined travel option that is suspected to be around 40% cheaper than what is currently available for fares to the United States.
The airline is pulling out all stops in order to try and fix the damage of last financial year where they took a loss of $160 million in the year ending June 30, 2009.
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