Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Air Australia expands fleet

Air Australia Airways has confirmed it will add four additional aircraft to its fleet to make way for more domestic and international flights.

The airline has finalised lease agreements with International Lease Finance Corporation ILFC to take delivery of an initial two Airbus A330-200 aircraft. It will also reposition two of its 180 seat Airbus A320 aircraft from its European charter operation to Australia. The first of the aircraft arrives next month.

From 15 December, Air Australia starts its first flights on the highly competitive Melbourne-Brisbane-Melbourne main trunk route with seats selling from A$69 one-way including taxes.

Next month Air Australia also launches new low cost international services from Brisbane and Melbourne non-stop to Honolulu, Hawaii, priced from $499 one-way including taxes.

The airline plans to introduce Australia-China services in mid 2012 and this month lodged an application with the International Air Services Commission (IASC) for an allocation capacity to operate services between Australia and Vietnam.

Air Australia unveiled its new brand name, distinctive green and gold aircraft livery and new uniforms on 3 November.

MD and CEO Michael James said support from the general public and the travel industry has been overwhelming.

"Our team at Air Australia is doing an outstanding job and with the strong support of our travel industry partners we are currently tracking ahead of forecast and expect an operating profit this financial year," he said.

"We are very focussed on bedding down our new business model and the expansion of our fleet which will see our A320 fleet supporting our growing A330 international network," he said.

Note: Fares above are subject to availability and prices are one way, per person, including taxes.

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