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Monday, December 1, 2008

Pacific Blue news

Pacific Blue have recently upped their fleet numbers from 7 to 10 Boeing 737-8FEs. In addition they have increased their flight numbers and added several new destinations. Brisbane has been a big winner of new services with Sydney, Auckland, Wellington, Nadi and Apia also receiving increases, with Adelaide, Perth, Port Moresby, Denpasar and Honiara being added to the list of destinations served.

Fleet additions
ZK-PBK Maiden New Zealand – entered service with Pacific Blue on Saturday 9 August as DJ62 from Melbourne to Christchurch. PBK is new build and was delivered to Melbourne as VH-VUP but did not enter service with Virgin Blue before its Pacific Blue service.

ZK-PBL Canterbury Belle – entered service with Pacific Blue on Tuesday 2nd September as DJ81 Christchurch to Brisbane. PBL is also new build and was allocated VH-VUQ but this was not taken up.

ZK-PBM Kiwi Ana – entered service with Pacific Blue on Sunday 2 November as DJ82 from Brisbane to Christchurch after having positioned to Brisbane from Melbourne. PBM was formerly VH-VUO Blueissima with Virgin Blue before its transfer to Pacific Blue.

Route additions
Wellington – Brisbane
This route has been upgraded from 5 to 8 flights a week for the summer season. Flights now operate daily with a double daily on Friday.

Auckland – Melbourne
This route was launched in September by ZK-PBL and operates daily in the morning.

Auckland – Sydney
This route was launched in October operated by ZK-PBI and operates 9 times a week. Daily morning departures, and a second afternoon flight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Brisbane – Port Moresby
This route started on Monday November 3rd and was operated by ZK-PBA. This is operated 4 times weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sundays.

Brisbane/Adelaide/Perth – Denpasar
The new Bali routes began on Thursday 27 November operated by Virgin Blue aircraft VH-VUN Madelaide, operated in full Pacific Blue livery. These flights offer Live 2 Air TV and Premium Economy service. The route structure is
MON: DPS-ADL-DPS-PER-DPS(arr TUES)
TUES:DPS-BNE-DPS-BNE(arr WEDS)
WEDS:BNE-DPS-PER-DPS(arr THURS)
THURS:DPS-BNE-DPS-ADL(overnight)
FRI: ADL-DPS-PER-DPS(arr SAT)
SAT: DPS-BNE-DPS-BNE(arr SUN)
SUN: BNE-DPS-PER-DPS(arr MON)

Brisbane – Honiara
This service is scheduled to begin tomorrow Tuesday 2 December and will operate twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday

Brisbane – Apia
This service is scheduled to begin tonight Monday 1 December and will operate only once a week departing Brisbane Monday evening and arriving back early Tuesday morning.

Sydney – Nadi
This service went daily on the introduction of the AKL-SYD service.

Additional Auckland to the Pacific Island services have been added with the addition of the Melbourne and Sydney flights.

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