Air Australia will launch non-stop service between Melbourne and Brisbane on December 15, 2011.
The low-cost carrier – renamed from Strategic Airlines – will enter the highly competitive Australian trunk route with A$69 one-way fares, including taxes. Telephone bookings will incur extra fees.
Air Australia’s introductory Melbourne-Brisbane fares are now available for sale on the airline’s new website, www.airaustralia.com.
The carrier will also offer introductory full-service Business Class fares on the route, priced from $499 one-way including taxes.
Air Australia, which began life as Strategic Airlines in 2009, officially changes its name on November 15. The airline is owned by Strategic Aviation group.
The renamed low-cost carrier revealed its new name, aircraft livery and flight attendant uniforms earlier this month. The first aircraft (an Airbus A320) painted in Air Australia’s new green, silver and gold livery entered service on November 4.
On domestic and international flights, Air Australia will offer a low-cost Economy Class service product with ‘buy on board’ food, beverages and entertainment and a full-service Business Class product.
The wholly Australian-owned airline will gradually transition its fleet, inflight product, uniforms and airport facilities to its new brand identity.
Air Australia’s new Brisbane-Melbourne flights will operate twice daily Mondays through Fridays, departing Brisbane Airport (BNE) at 6.10 a.m. and 1.30 p.m.
On Saturdays and Sundays, flights will operate once a day. The Saturday flight will leave BNE at 7.10 a.m. and the Sunday flight will push back from the gate at BNE at 2.10 p.m.
The carrier’s Melbourne-Brisbane flights will also operate twice daily Mondays through Fridays, departing Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport (MEL) at 11.20 a.m. and 5.45 p.m.
Air Australia’s weekend flights on the Melbourne-Brisbane route will operate once daily, leaving MEL at 11:20 a.m. on Saturdays and at 6:30 p.m. on Sundays.