21 Sep 2004

Inaugural flight to Vanuatu by Virgn Blue delayed for hours

8:26 am on 21 September 2004

Pacific Blue's inaugural flight from Australia to Vanuatu was yesterday delayed by about six hours.

The plane was held on the tarmac after insecticide sprayed in the plane's cabin triggered a cockpit warning light.

Safety procedures forced the 163 passengers to disembark and wait while a cabin fire extinguisher was also replaced.

The company's first flight from Brisbane to Vanuatu is due to take off today.

Pacific Blue, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Virgin Blue, began air service to Fiji two weeks ago.