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VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch, Opera Point, Sydney

23 February 2011 VAustralia Airlines launch photos and story – MiSociety

Elle MacPherson, Dannii Minogue and Ian Thorpe jump onboard VAustralia for Abu Dhabi
Elle MacPherson and Dannii Minogue were amongst a star-studded line up at an exclusive cocktail party to celebrate Virgin Blue’s inaugural flight to Abu Dhabi. 

Elle, fresh from the daytime launch of Virgin Blue’s new uniforms designed by Project Runway winner Julie Grbac, stepped from her limo into a flurry of flashing photographers flanking the red carpet at the Opera House, Opera Point marquee in Sydney.

Danii Minogue, looking extremely waif like post baby, took to the stage to M.C. the event and to introduce our hosts chief executive of Virgin Blue, John Borghetti and the head of Etihad Airways, James Hogan.

Ian Thorpe didn’t make it to the shindig as he was busy packing his toothbrush in readiness to be a star passenger on VAustralia’s inaugural flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi the following day.

The great ‘late night sounds’ of Emma Pask and her band gave way to ‘Al-Ayala’, a group of  traditional Arabian ‘stick dancers’, as guests were royally treated to the finest food and wine.

V Australia is Virgin Blue’s international offshoot and together with new partner Etihad have now begun services to Europe via the Middle East.

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Elle MacPherson - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Elle MacPherson - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Elle MacPherson - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Dannii Minogue - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Dannii Minogue - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Dannii Minogue - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Ali Nasser Al Nuaimi (UAE Ambassador Australia, NZ) with his wife and Doug Trappett (Australian Ambassador Abu Dhabi UAE) - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Ali Nasser Al Nuaimi (UAE Ambassador Australia, NZ) with his wife and Doug Trappett (Australian Ambassador Abu Dhabi UAE) - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Ali Nasser Al Nuaimi (UAE Ambassador Australia, NZ) with his wife and Doug Trappett (Australian Ambassador Abu Dhabi UAE) - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

James Hogan, CEO Etihad Airways - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

James Hogan, CEO Etihad Airways - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

James Hogan, CEO Etihad Airways - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Emma Pask - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Emma Pask - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Emma Pask - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Elle MacPherson - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Elle MacPherson - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Elle MacPherson - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Dannii Minogue - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Dannii Minogue - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Dannii Minogue - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Taryan Hasan Qayed Al Subaihi (Etihad Airways) - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Taryan Hasan Qayed Al Subaihi (Etihad Airways) - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Taryan Hasan Qayed Al Subaihi (Etihad Airways) - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Emma Pask - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Emma Pask - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Emma Pask - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Elle MacPherson - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Elle MacPherson - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Elle MacPherson - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Virgin Blue and Etihad Airways latest uniforms - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Virgin Blue and Etihad Airways latest uniforms - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Virgin Blue and Etihad Airways latest uniforms - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Al-Ayala Traditional Dancers - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Al-Ayala Traditional Dancers - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

Al-Ayala Traditional Dancers - VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party

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VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party trip winner

VAustralia Airlines Abu Dhabi flights launch party trip winner

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