Friday, February 25, 2011

Strategic flies new Brisbane to Phuket service

Brisbane-based international carrier, Strategic Airlines, will make its first ever flight from Brisbane to Phuket today, giving South-East Queenslanders new options to travel to Thailand from $299.

Flight VC246 will be at capacity when it departs Brisbane Airport at 12:05pm, with passengers, family and special guests of Strategic Airlines owner Michael James.

Launch festivities at Brisbane Airport will include performances by Thai dancers, a cake cutting ceremony and representatives of Brisbane Airport Corporation joining airline founder and executive director Michael James to personally greet inaugural passengers.

"Phuket has been one of the most sought-after leisure destinations for local holidaymakers for many years," he said. "With our new flights from Brisbane, South-East Queenslanders now have more options for easy and affordable ways to travel there," said James. "We're looking forward to further expanding our international services out of Brisbane in the near future."

Brisbane-Phuket fares start at $299 one-way ($598 return) inclusive of taxes and are on sale online at

Strategic is operating the service on an Airbus A330 aircraft, offering 274 seats in both business and economy class. The flights will depart Brisbane Airport every Thursday and Sunday afternoon at 12:05pm, arriving in Phuket at 4:50pm local time. The return flights will depart Phuket International Airport every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:50pm, arriving in Melbourne at 6:50am the following day.

Earlier this week Strategic Airlines also launched its new twice-weekly Melbourne to Phuket service, flying out of Tullamarine for the first time ever and giving Melbourne Airport a new international airline.

Phuket is the latest international destination to be serviced by the airline, which launched its Brisbane to Townsville to Denpasar (Bali) service in December last year and will offer direct flights between Brisbane and Bali from next month. Strategic also flies direct to Bali from Perth.

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