V Australia delays launch of Brisbane-LA flights

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Australian short-haul carrier Virgin Blue's new long-haul arm V Australia has pushed back the planned 1 March launch of Brisbane-Los Angeles services by more than one month.

The carrier says in a statement confirming plans for its inaugural flight in February, between Sydney and Los Angeles, that Brisbane-Los Angeles services will now be inaugurated on 8 April. Flights will be operated three times per week.

V Australia initially planned to launch services on 15 December with flights between Sydney and Los Angeles but it was forced to delay this as a result of industrial action at Boeing that pushed back deliveries of its first aircraft.

It said early in October that it intended to stick to a planned 1 March launch date for Brisbane-Los Angeles flights, however.

V Australia will launch with new-build Boeing 777-300ERs. It says its first aircraft is due to be delivered on 26 January and it will arrive in Australia on 9 February.

Ticket sales began yesterday for V Australia's services. Sydney-Los Angeles flights will be inaugurated on 27 February and they will initially be operated three times per week, increasing to daily on 20 March after additional aircraft are added.