Alliance Airlines to replace Virgin Australia on select regional Australia services

    Virgin Australia advised that Alliance Airlines will take over Brisbane-Port Macquarie, Brisbane-Bundaberg, Brisbane-Gladstone and Brisbane-Moranbah from 16-Jul-2017 (Port Macquarie News, 11-May-2017). Virgin Australia stated the decision was in line with the carrier reducing its turboprop ATR fleet, as reported by CAPA on 01-May-2017. Alliance Airlines stated it will commence operations on the routes utilising Fokker 70 equipment. The partnership between Virgin Australia and Alliance Airlines includes ticket sales via Virgin Australia for Alliance services and velocity frequent flyer members earning points and status credits on Alliance services.