Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Virgin Blue will welcome two new A330-200 aircraft to its domestic fleet in early 2012. Once obtained, Virgin Blue will operate four of the widebody Airbus aircraft on domestic routes. Speaking at the airlines AGM in Brisbane yesterday, Virgin Blue CEO John Borghetti said the new aircraft will be used predominantly on lengthy flights between Sydney and Perth. Mr. Borghetti went on to describe the current climate faced by Virgin Blue Holdings. “Domestically, considering the slowdown in consumer spending, we have had a successful year. “Our short-haul business performed well in 2010, an improvement from last year, even in such a tough and competitive market” said Mr. Borghetti. Mr. Borghetti was quick to apologise to customers and shareholders for the Navitaire reservations system outage earlier in the year and congratulated all staff on their ability to work around this disastrous incident. Virgin Blue Holdings Chairman, Neil Chatfield, noted the company had managed to persevere, considering the tough operating environment caused by the global financial crisis and a difficult final quarter. Mr. Chatfield said Virgin Blue were charting new courses and building on recognised strengths, whilst “aiming to establish a ‘truly global’ network for all customers.” Virgin Blue is looking to expand its presence in the booming Western Australian market and “will continue to leverage our main point of difference, which is our staff and our service” said Mr. Chatfield.Virgin Blue operates 88 aircraft, flying 18 million passengers per year.