Australia’s Virgin Blue Group has announced a tie-up with Etihad Airways to reach travelers in Europe and the Middle East, and has also decided to add Airbus A330s and sell its Embraer 170s. Two A330-200s will be coming in May 2011 on lease from BOC Aviation and will be deployed on the Sydney-Perth route, says the airline. It plans to add more A330s in future, says Virgin Blue CEO, John Borghetti, who declines to elaborate. The company’s strategy is “simple and logical,” says ...

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