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Chance to weaken Qantas makes Virgin an attractive target

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Rivals: Originally established as a low-cost carrier, Virgin has added full-price tickets and business class seats to compete directly with Qantas. - PHOTO: AFP

[SYDNEY] What makes Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd, the second-largest competitor in a market with only 23 million passengers, such an attractive takeover target? The chance to weaken Qantas Airways Ltd on international routes. Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand and Etihad Airways have been