V Australia partnering with Alaskan Airlines to tap Seattle

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Virgin Blue's new Australian long-haul carrier V Australia is partnering with Alaskan Airlines in an effort to reach the Seattle market.

Details on V Australia's website shows it has started selling tickets on the Sydney-Los Angeles-Seattle route with the help of Alaskan Airlines.

V Australia announced earlier that it will be launching a thrice-weekly service on 27 February on the Sydney-Los Angeles route using Boeing 777-300ERs. Details on the airline's website shows these flights will be timed to connect to Alaskan Airlines flights on the Los Angeles-Seattle route.

The Australian carrier has started selling tickets on both routes together and a spokeswoman in Brisbane says V Australia has entered into an inter-line agreement with Alaskan.

V Australia has yet to start flying but is due to receive its first 777-300ER on 6 February at Boeing's Seattle plant, says the spokeswoman, adding that the aircraft is due to arrive in Australia on 9 February.

V Australia has six 777-300ERs on order and has secured one leased 777-300ER from International Lease Finance.