Virgin Blue converted options for three E-170s to firm orders and took purchase rights on three additional E-190s, Embraer announced yesterday. The transaction adds to last fall's order for 14 aircraft (ATWOnline, Nov. 3, 2006). "This added flexibility initially provides a range of new operating opportunities in Australia and, potentially, for short-haul routes to New Zealand and the South Pacific islands," Virgin Blue CEO Brett Godfrey said. The airline will begin taking delivery of its ...

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