Australia's Virgin Blue reported an 80.9% year-over-year increase in net earnings to A$124.3 million ($97.8 million) for the six months ended Dec. 31 on a 16.7% lift in revenue to A$1.12 billion, results that have it primed for expansion including considering an order for 777-300ERs to be deployed on planned long-haul operations (ATWOnline, Feb. 13). The carrier is forecasting fiscal full-year earnings of approximately A$179 million compared to the A$112 million earned last year. CEO Brett ...

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