Strategic to fill V Australia Phuket gap

Set to become the only Australian carrier offering direct flights from Melbourne to Phuket, Strategic Airlines has today announced direct flights to Phuket from Brisbane and Melbourne.

With flights starting February 2011, Strategic’s move follows news of V Australia’s withdrawal from the Phuket route.

One time charter operator and Australia’s newest full service carrier, Strategic will offer two weekly full service flights (on Tuesdays and Fridays) from Melbourne to Phuket starting from 22 February 2011.

The flights will be operated by an Airbus A330 aircraft offering both business and economy class.

“We are thrilled to be starting Melbourne operations and to be offering Victorians a brand new airline choice,” Strategic Airlines’ commercial head Damien Vasta said.

“We believe there is a strong traffic base between Victoria and Thailand and we look forward to working with partners in tourism and industry to build our services over time,” he said, adding that the airline considers the new route integral to Strategic’s international network growth.

Also on offer will be twice weekly (on Thursdays and Sundays) Brisbane to Phuket flights, beginning operation on 24 February 2011.

“Queenslanders have thrown their support behind our new airline and our Brisbane to Bali services launched last year,” Mr Vasta said.

“So much so we are thrilled to add Thailand to our network complementing our new twice-weekly Brisbane to Townsville and Bali services starting next month,” he said.

Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday 24 November 2010 with fares commissionable to travel agents at five per cent.

From 3 December 2010, Strategic Airlines will launch flights to Denpasar and parts of Western Australia and North Queensland from Perth and Brisbane.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A
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