Pacific Blue Airlines
|Hubs||Brisbane International Airport
Christchurch International Airport
|Secondary hubs||Auckland Airport|
|Frequent-flyer program||Velocity Rewards|
|Company slogan||Now You're Flying|
|Parent company||Virgin Blue Holdings Limited|
|Headquarters||Christchurch, New Zealand|
Pacific Blue Airlines was an airline based in New Zealand. It was established as the New Zealand subsidiary of Australian airline Virgin Blue. It was renamed Virgin Australia Airlines (NZ) Ltd in December 2011.
Based at Christchurch International Airport, it operates air services between New Zealand and Australia, and to the Pacific Islands. It also operates services on behalf of Virgin Samoa (formerly known as Polynesian Blue).
As of 1 August 2007 (local date), the ICAO code was changed from PBI to PBN. This was done in consultation with air traffic controllers to prevent confusion between the letter I and the number 1 in flight plans.
On 21 August 2007, Pacific Blue announced its intention to begin domestic services in New Zealand with the first flights commencing 12 November 2007. The initial routes were Auckland–Wellington, Christchurch–Wellington and Auckland–Christchurch. Later Christchurch to Dunedin flights started.
Pacific Blue announced its roll out of Premium economy seating across its fleet from March 2010 to match that of its sister Virgin Blue. Premium Economy is the front three rows of each aircraft – fitted with a unique red leather converter seat that folds from three abreast to two abreast when used in Premium Economy configuration.
On 16 August 2010 it was announced that Pacific Blue would be withdrawing from the New Zealand domestic market, with aircraft being reallocated to tran-tasman and medium-haul routes.
The last-ever Pacific Blue domestic New Zealand service was operated on 17 October 2010, from Wellington to Auckland.
Pacific Blue was renamed Virgin Australia Airlines (NZ) Ltd in December 2011. The aircraft are to be rebranded throughout the first half of 2012. They still have their NZ registrations ZK-PBA to ZK-PBN.
Pacific Blue operated scheduled passenger services between New Zealand and Australia; and to the Pacific Islands. New Zealand served airports were: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown.
At the time of closure, Pacific Blue's fleet consisted of:
- "Virgin Australia rebrands its Pacific carriers". New Zealand Herald. 8 December 2011.
- "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 30 March-5 April 2004. "Virgin Blue" 50.
- "Pacific Blue adds new trans-Tasman service". Sydney Morning Herald. 8 November 2003.
- Pacific Blue Begins New Domestic Services In New Zealand
- "THE VIRGIN BLUE GROUP OF AIRLINES ANNOUNCES FIRST PHASE OF NETWORK REVIEW" (Press release). Virgin Blue Holdings Limited. 16 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
- Pacific Blue Route Map
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