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Chance to weaken Qantas makes Virgin an attractive target

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.

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