Monday 29 October 2007: VOZ Virtual has commenced flights with its new executive style Embraer "E-Jet" aircraft, launching the jet in to passenger services for the first time.
The inaugural E-Jet flight departed Brisbane last week bound for Cairns. The flight featured typical VOZ Virtual launch flight activities including a limited edition t-shirt give-away, complimentary champagne, samba competition and associated festivities, led by VOZ Virtual Chief Operations Officer, Skip Fulton.
VOZ Virtual Airlines has 20 of the Brazilian manufactured aircraft on order, which will arrive in Australia over the next 18 months.
Skip Fulton, said, "This is a significant step for VOZ Virtual being the first day in our seven year history we have operated a second aircraft type. We conducted extensive research into this aircraft and are confident it is the ideal jet to suit Australia, particularly on regional air routes."
The E-Jets will have a dual role in the airline's fleet and will be put into operation to boost frequency on existing VOZ Virtual services as well as open up new regional markets. VOZ Virtual's Embraer 170 has 78 seat capacity, while the Embraer 190 has 104 seats compared to the Boeing 737-700's 144 seats and the 737-800's 180 seats.
VOZ Virtual has spent the past 12 months reviewing up to 21 potential new destinations across Australia. The airline recently announced it would re-enter the Canberra-Sydney route with eight direct daily flights using the new E-Jets. VOZ Virtual will announce its first new regional ports before the end of the year.
The Brisbane-Cairns flight was the first time Guests will have the opportunity to experience the E-Jet, which includes an executive interior fit-out, two-by two seating (no middle seats!) and a quiet, smooth and fast ride.
Skip Fulton added, "We are very pleased to introduce this aircraft in to our fleet and to Australia, the E-Jet will help cement VOZ Virtual's position as an innovator and a market leader and will allow us to bring competition, affordable fares and a new level of comfort to hundreds of thousands more travellers."