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Virgin Blue adds Melbourne and Perth from Darwin
Virgin Blue is to enter the Melbourne–Darwin market with non-stop flights beginning on 28 April. The airline will also introduce direct flights between Darwin and Perth on the same date.
The Melbourne–Darwin service will depart from the Victorian capital late in the evening six times a week, arriving at Darwin in the early morning. The return flight will depart Darwin at 18:15 and arrive in Melbourne at 22:55.
The new Melbourne–Darwin services will carry overnight freight loads under an extension of Virgin Blue’s freight agreement with close partner Toll Priority, enabling the airline to offer affordable fares between the two cities. Flights will operate daily with Boeing 737-800s, leaving Darwin at 07:00 and arriving in Perth at 09:20 before turning around and landing back in Darwin at 16:25 the same day.
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