V Australia is the name chosen for Virgin Blue's new long-haul airline that will commence transpacific services to the US late next year with a 777-300ER (ATWOnline, July 11). Virgin Blue cannot use the Virgin name outside Australia as part of an agreement reached when Singapore Airlines took a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic Airways in 1999. The new name was chosen from among nearly 6,000 entries solicited in a contest. With speculation continuing that SIA may sell its stake in Virgin ...

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