Thursday July 31, 2014

Velocity error puts space travel briefly within reach

Velocity error puts space travel briefly within reach

Some members of Virgin Australia’s frequent flyer program Velocity were dreaming of space after an error temporarily gifted them about 23 million points. The unexpected 22,863,297 boost to their points balance, supposedly from a hotel stay booked... [Continue reading]

Virgin Australia to cease LA – Melbourne flights, LA – Brisbane to go daily

Virgin Australia to cease LA – Melbourne flights, LA – Brisbane to go daily

Virgin Australia has announced it will end its direct services between Los Angeles and Melbourne, and will increase its four services a week between LAX and Brisbane to a daily service. The airline will cease its Melbourne services on October 25, and... [Continue reading]

Etihad commences direct Perth-Abu Dhabi flights

Etihad commences direct Perth-Abu Dhabi flights

Etihad Airways started non-stop services between Perth and Abu Dhabi on July 16 when the first aircraft, an A340-600 operating flight EY486, touched down at Perth at 13:10 local. Perth is the airline’s fourth Australian destination after Sydney, Melbourne... [Continue reading]

Airline CEOs join Virgin Australia board

Airline CEOs join Virgin Australia board

The CEOs of Air New Zealand, Etihad Airways and Singapore Airlines have formally joined the board of Virgin Australia. The appointments of Christopher Luxon, James Hogan and Goh Choon Phong are effective immediately, and reflect the shareholdings each... [Continue reading]

Virgin Australia teams with Tasmanian Land Conservancy

Virgin Australia teams with Tasmanian Land Conservancy

Virgin Australia has announced it will expand its carbon offset program by launching a new partnership with the Tasmanian Land Conservancy. Established in 2001, the Tasmanian Land Conservancy is a science–based, not-for-profit environmental organisation... [Continue reading]

ACCC targets Jetstar & Virgin Australia for ‘drip pricing’

ACCC targets Jetstar & Virgin Australia for ‘drip pricing’

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court against Jetstar and Virgin Australia, alleging that each airline has engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct and made false or misleading representations... [Continue reading]

VIPA labels new colour vision deficiency regs “discriminatory”

VIPA labels new colour vision deficiency regs “discriminatory”

The Virgin Independent Pilots Association (VIPA) says new rules relating to colour vision deficiency (CVD) discriminates against pilots already working in Australia’s major airlines, but will fail to deliver any better safety outcomes. VIPA says a review... [Continue reading]

Air New Zealand ups Virgin Australia stake

Air New Zealand ups Virgin Australia stake

Air New Zealand has increased its stake in Virgin Australia, taking it up to the maximum amount allowable by the Foreign Investment Review Board of 25.99 per cent. The minor increase from 24.46 per cent maintains Air NZ’s position as Virgin’s biggest... [Continue reading]

ATSB reports on Virgin Australia ATR structural damage

ATSB reports on Virgin Australia ATR structural damage

The Australian Transportation Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released a preliminary report into structural damage suffered by a Virgin Australia ATR 72 on a flight from Canberra to Sydney on February 20. The aircraft – registered VH-FVR – was operating... [Continue reading]

Virgin, Qantas and the battle for Longreach

Virgin, Qantas and the battle for Longreach

This brief Twitter exchange between the official Virgin Australia and Qantas Twitter accounts on Tuesday night shows that there is no love lost between Australia’s major airlines. In fact, as Twitter user @PeterLoh was quick to point out, Qantas... [Continue reading]

Reports of Virgin management jobs review in New Zealand

Reports of Virgin management jobs review in New Zealand

A May 29 report in the New Zealand Herald says Virgin Australia management positions in the country are under review and may be relocated and consolidated in Australia. The report says the proposal would provide single lines of accountability and better... [Continue reading]

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