Cheap Virgin Blue Flights
Virgin Blue is both Australia’s second-largest airline and a budget carrier. It was originally part of Richard Branson’s Virgin empire, though Branson no longer owns a majority stake in the airline (he remains its chairman). Branson’s sense of humor is still seen throughout the company. Virgin Blue is based in Brisbane, Australia and maintains its hub at Brisbane Airport. Sydney Airport, Melbourne Airport and Perth Airport are its focus cities.
Virgin Blue flies to 22 destinations in Australia, five in the Pacific Islands and three in New Zealand. It has announced intentions to add several flights per week to Los Angeles International Airport, and has also expressed an interest in adding Japan to its route network. The airline came into existence just as budget carrier Ansett Australia was failing, so it immediately became very popular. Virgin Blue was able to get spaces at terminals that it probably wouldn’t have had access to otherwise, and which greatly increased its expansion.
Like the big names in budget airlines (Southwest and Ryanair), Virgin Blue’s budget philosophy includes not providing things like free in-flight meals – rather making food available for purchase during flights – and passing the cost savings on to customers in the form of cheaper airfare. Virgin Blue also doesn’t use printed tickets, opting for electronic tickets instead.