Strategic Airlines to operate Phuket flights from Brisbane and Melbourne

New Australian carrier Strategic Airlines has just announced new non-stop services to Phuket from both Brisbane and Melbourne, with the operation to commence in Feb 2011 - filling the void left by the withdrawal of V Australia from the Phuket route.

Direct flights from Melbourne to Thailand will commence on 22 Feb, with the move marking the debut of Strategic's Melbourne operations. The Melbourne flights will operate twice a week, each Tue and Fri, using a two-class A330 configured with 274 seats.

Strategic will commence its Brisbane-Phuket flights on 24 Feb 2011, again twice a week operating each Thu and Sun.

Strategic is a full service carrier, with flights including complimentary food, beverages and in-flight entertainment in both classes.

Lead in fares start at just $299 one way including taxes, and as well as being available online will be distributed through travel agents with 5% commission payable. The new services will be available for sale from Wed 24 Nov.