VIRGIN BLUE TO FLY TASMAN IN FEBRUARY

SYDNEY, Australia (ABC News Online, Sept. 28) - Virgin Blue says it will cost less than $1 million to establish its trans-Tasman service.

The Pacific Blue service, to start in February, will begin with daily return flights from Brisbane to Christchurch, on New Zealand's south island.

Virgin Blue's chief executive, Brett Godfrey, told Channel Nine the largest chunk of its business will remain in Australia.

"It is never going to be the substantial portion of our business, the international market," he said.

"It's a market that we see some opportunities but we've, we will have 40 airplanes in Australia come next March and we'll probably by that stage have three and a half operating on the Tasman and in New Zealand, so that's not a substantial part of our business."

September 29, 2003

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