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post Jul 15 2008, 09:33 PM
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Queensland's embattled tourism industry has received a shot in the arm with budget airline Virgin Blue announcing it will launch a direct service from Brisbane to Los Angeles from March 1 next year.

Brisbane to LA is the second route for Virgin Blue's V Australia international airline, which will also fly between Sydney and LA from December 15 this year.

The Brisbane service, which will fly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, will offer a return economy flight for $2,087, which the airline says is 17% lower than the current lowest available fare.

It could also bring up to 3,000 US tourists to Brisbane each week.

The announcement will be welcome news for the tourism industry, which is reeling from last month's decision by Qantas and Jetstar to cut domestic and international services to offset rising fuel costs.

The downturn prompted the state government to give the industry a $4 million boost.

But V Australia executive general manager Scott Swift said Queensland was an attractive opportunity for expansion.

"While Sydney-Los Angeles is currently the busiest trans-Pacific route in terms of passenger numbers, we thought long and hard where to direct our third Boeing 777 aircraft," Mr Swift said at the launch in Brisbane today.

"The obvious appeal of our home state, Queensland, and the fact there is only one airline operating on the route was just too tempting, as we've always been attracted to routes that need real competition."

Mr Swift said the airline also wanted to capitalise on Queensland's popularity with US tourists.

"With direct flights, American tourists can land here, enjoy Brisbane, the Gold Coast and great south-east, before jumping on a Virgin Blue domestic flight and checking our some of the other hot spots in Queensland, such as Cairns and the Whitsunday coast."

Premier Anna Bligh said it was a welcome decision at a time the state's tourism industry was struggling.

"There are escalating fuel prices for our airlines, a strong Australian dollar and some very fierce international competition," Ms Bligh said.

"So V Australia's announcement today ... is a huge vote of confidence in the Queensland tourism product."


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post Jul 16 2008, 06:11 AM
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Still sounds really expensive to me!


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post Jul 16 2008, 09:00 AM
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Yeah, but it's better than paying $1,700 just to fly to Nunavut...which I'm hoping will maybe come down next winter???

Flying to Australia would cost twice as much, but there is a WORLD of opportunity for fun times!


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post Jul 16 2008, 11:31 PM
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yeah it is expensive flying to or from the land down under but hopefully the prices dip with increasing number of airlines who fly here


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post Jul 17 2008, 09:13 AM
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Where's the cheapest place for Australians to go to for vacation? New Zealand? Thailand?


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post Jul 17 2008, 09:15 AM
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Vietnam from what I saw. Aussies everywhere!

I got bored one day so thought I'd see if it was possible to get to Aus from UK using nothing but budget airlines and you could. Would take about a week but would only cost around 250 one way.


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post Jul 17 2008, 10:56 AM
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A week! Wow, might as well hop on board a sailboat doing a crossing and scrub their decks, that way maybe you could actually profit...haha


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QUOTE(rbisset @ Jul 17 2008, 03:15 PM) *

Vietnam from what I saw. Aussies everywhere!

I got bored one day so thought I'd see if it was possible to get to Aus from UK using nothing but budget airlines and you could. Would take about a week but would only cost around 250 one way.


Really? Jeez, thats a good spot!

Most of the Aussies I know all end up in Bali for their hols I think. Air Asia flys pretty cheap to Kuala Lumpur aswell I think...?
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Ahhhh, I see, of course Bali, why didn't I think of that?


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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Jul 17 2008, 09:13 AM) *

Where's the cheapest place for Australians to go to for vacation? New Zealand? Thailand?


Yeah New Zealand, Bali , Vietnam , Thailand and more recently with how good the aussie dollar is Hawaii - Australians are flocking there my sister returns to Hawaii in less than 2 weeks and shes already been twice already this year. she loves it so much shes moving there next year


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That's hilarious, what's she gonna do there?

Have you been to any of those places, Gerre?


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Quite a few budget airlines in Aus now so there's a fair bit of competition on the Asian routes.

That route I found to Aus using nothing but budget airlines was:

London - Istanbul (Easyjet)
Istanbul-Chennai (via Sharjah, UAE) (Air Arabia)
Chennai-Singapore (Tiger Airways)
Singapore-Darwin/Perth (Tiger Airways)

Air Arabia have got a new hub in Kathmandu now though so you could go through Nepal to avoid getting an Indian Transit Visa.

Istanbul-Sharjah-Kathmandu-KL (Air Arabia/Fly Yeti)
KL-Gold Coast/Perth (Air Asia X)


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That's a crazy amount of transfers...are you actually taking this? Or did you just look it up for fun?


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post Jul 22 2008, 01:51 AM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Jul 21 2008, 08:06 AM) *

That's hilarious, what's she gonna do there?

Have you been to any of those places, Gerre?


id like to say yes but sadly no. im not interested in Bali , Vietnam or Thailand. my best friend is in Thailand atm and im just jealous she is overseas atm not so much jealous as to where she is

my sister and her friends love it in Hawaii its definately sparked my interest as to why?? so its now on my list of places to visit


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QUOTE(rbisset @ Jul 21 2008, 10:38 AM) *

Quite a few budget airlines in Aus now so there's a fair bit of competition on the Asian routes.


...and how did you work it out? Is there some website where you check the 'cheap as possible I don't care how many transfers' button or is it more complicated than that?


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I just went to the airlines websites. Would be an interesting trip but I won't be taking it!!!


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QUOTE(introducinlyric @ Jul 22 2008, 02:51 AM) *


my sister and her friends love it in Hawaii its definately sparked my interest as to why?? so its now on my list of places to visit


Where do you want to go the most?


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QUOTE(cheli @ Jul 22 2008, 03:39 AM) *

QUOTE(rbisset @ Jul 21 2008, 10:38 AM) *

Quite a few budget airlines in Aus now so there's a fair bit of competition on the Asian routes.


...and how did you work it out? Is there some website where you check the 'cheap as possible I don't care how many transfers' button or is it more complicated than that?


Good question, Cheli!


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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Jul 22 2008, 12:29 PM) *

Good question, Cheli!


Well it's one of those things I always wonder about - people get all these really cheap fares but I never seem to be able to work out how to do it myself. One of those times where I feel really blonde blink.gif


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I think it's usually just luck. I booked a flight to Yellowknife the other day, and then the next day it was $300 more!


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