Virgin Blue announced today it has expanded its expression of interest for
international services to include more potential destinations.
The low fare airline is still considering whether it will operate under the Virgin
Blue name or a separate branding, however it believes after significant interest from parts of South East Asia, as well as the South Pacific, there was
no reason not to expand the scope of potential destinations.
Virgin Blue Head of Commercial, David Huttner said, "With Qantas and Air
New Zealand likely to monopolise the Tasman we thought that broadening the range of our review seemed like an appropriate measure".
"We hope to receive the same enthusiasm from South East Asian Tourism
Authorities that we have already had from their industry colleagues in the
South Pacific", he added.
Initial documents that were already sent to East Timor and Indonesia will also
be forwarded to Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, with the deadline for expressions to be extended until
31 December 2002.