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Virgin Blue looking at intercontinental routes.(Brief Article)

Virgin Blue is undertaking a feasibility study into establishing a long-haul international airline operating to the US West Coast, London and other destinations in direct competition with Qantas. The Australian budget carrier confirmed last month that work on the new airline project is "advanced" and that it has lodged an exploratory document with the federal government. However, Head of Strategy David Huttner said no final decision has been made on whether to go ahead with the project, adding, "It's not going to happen before Christmas."

There is speculation that the carrier may consider developing the operation in conjunction with its "sister" airline Virgin Atlantic, which begins flying from London to Australia via Hong Kong in Dec. …

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