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Virgin Australia debuts Brisbane-Gladstone flights

By David Flynn     Filed under: Brisbane, John Borghetti, Virgin Australia, Gladstone, ATR 72-500, Capital Connect, ATR-72

IN BRIEF | Virgin Australia begins 'double daily 'Brisbane-Gladstone flights today.

It's not just a new route for the challenger airline, it's also the debut of the ATR turbo‐prop (turbine-driven propeller) aircraft which will soon also join the Capital Connect shuttle service between Sydney and Canberra.

(Click here for an inside look at the fuel-efficient 68 seater, which Virgin Australia chief John Borghetti trumpets as "the best aircraft to operate on regional routes throughout Australia”.)

Virgin Australia exec Merren McArthur said the new twice-daily services will bring much-needed competition to the route, and connect business travellers "with the Virgin Australia domestic and international network and partner airline flights."

Virgin Australia will ramp up the service by adding a third weekday return service from Brisbane to Gladstone from 16 January.


About David Flynn

David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


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1 on 18/10/11 by Nigelinoz

If John Borghetti really thinks that the ATR is "The best aircraft to operate on regional routes throughout Australia" I wish he would get rid of the Embraers and put the ATR's on routes like ABX-SYD,he could even put the money where his mouth is and start operating them on ABX-MEL and provide some competition for Rex and their aging SAAB's.


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