Virgin Blue 737-800. Photo: By Rob Finlayson. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission formally approved the alliance between Virgin Blue Group and the UAE’s Etihad Airways. It follows the interim approval granted on Sept. 23 (ATW Daily News, Sept. 24, 2010). Together, Etihad and Virgin Blue’s long-haul subsidiary, V Australia, will move toward a total of 27 weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Australia—including twice-daily Abu Dhabi–Sydney ...

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