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Thrifty announces Virgin Blue Car rental Partnership

15 March 2010

Thrifty CEO Australia/New Zealand Bryn McGoldrick today announced the signing of an agreement with the Virgin Blue Airlines Group and a partnership that will offer guests of Virgin Blue, V Australia and Pacific Blue special rates across all their local and global destinations.

''Thrifty is delighted to establish a new relationship with the Virgin Blue Airlines Group'' said Mr McGoldrick. ''We are confident that we can offer Virgin Guests genuine value and an excellent customer experience.

As part of the NRMA Motoring & Services Group, with over 2 million members located throughout NSW and the ACT, we feel we bring a new and exciting dimension to this important partnership and we look forward to working with Virgin Blue, V Australia and Pacific Blue to provide great offers and service to their guests.

This is an exciting opportunity for Thrifty and we look forward to a long and rewarding partnership with an airline that shares our passion for quality and great value.''

The announcement coincides with the launch by the Virgin Blue Airlines Group of a new car hire site which allows their Guests to search and select from a broad range of car hire companies across local and global destinations – all within one convenient website.

Virgin Blue Chief Executive and Co-Founder Brett Godfrey said: ''The new Partnership with the globally recognised Thrifty brand will now give our Guests more choice and the benefits of true competition. As well our Velocity Members will now be able to earn points from all of our rental car partners across Australia, New Zealand and around the world.''

About Thrifty

Thrifty is the only Australian owned major rental car brands having been acquired in March 2008 by the NRMA. In Australia Thrifty is represented in every state, territory, capital city, major city, regional centre and commercial airport at over 210 locations. In New Zealand Thrifty has 30 offices nationwide, including all major and regional airports.

Thrifty operates a modern fleet in excess of 11,000 cars, trucks, 4WDs and buses.

Thrifty is not about cheap or budget car hire, but rather about providing you with Australia's best car rental experience and value. We are constantly working to bring you the best car hire deals and prices. Whilst our web site gives you access to the everyday great rates available, we are constantly updated with specials available from our offices. You can check out our current specials at our car rental specials page to find out more.