Sunday September 21, 2014

Delivery of Virgin Australia’s newest A330 nears as another leaves fleet

Delivery of Virgin Australia’s newest A330 nears as another leaves fleet

Virgin Australia’s newest Airbus A330-200 has been sighted at the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France, as its delivery date nears. The aircraft has been allocated the Australian registration VH-XFJ, and is due to be delivered to Australia before... [Continue reading]

New colours, name for “Brett’s Jet”

New colours, name for “Brett’s Jet”

Virgin Australia has repainted and renamed the Boeing 737-800 which was named Brett’s Jet after Virgin Blue founding chief executive Brett Godfrey. The 737, VH-BZG, was one of the last aircraft in the Virgin Australia fleet still wearing the old... [Continue reading]

Virgin, Qantas cut seats in July, while Tiger, Jetstar continue capacity expansion

Virgin, Qantas cut seats in July, while Tiger, Jetstar continue capacity expansion

While domestic capacity discipline seems to be the order of the day at Qantas and Virgin Australia, it is a different story for the nation’s two low-cost carriers Tigerair and Jetstar. Qantas’s latest traffic statistics indicate the Flying Kangaroo... [Continue reading]

Virgin Australia sends ATR to Melbourne, Launceston for route familiarisation

Virgin Australia sends ATR to Melbourne, Launceston for route familiarisation

Virgin Australia sent an ATR 72 to Melbourne and Launceston over the weekend for staff training and route familiarisation flights, potentially laying the groundwork to expand its ATR turboprop regional operations beyond NSW and Queensland. Flight tracking website... [Continue reading]

Borghetti says demand gap closing

Borghetti says demand gap closing

Virgin Australia chief executive Johh Borghetti says the market is slowly catching up with the excess capacity swirling around in the domestic market. However, he admits there is still a long way to go. The softening in the national economy, coupled with... [Continue reading]

Tigerair on path to 2017 profit, Virgin says

Tigerair on path to 2017 profit, Virgin says

Tigerair Australia is on a clear path to profitability by 2016/17 after a year of transformation, the budget carrier’s majority owner Virgin Australia says. Virgin completed its 60 per cent purchase of Tigerair Australia from Singapore-based Tigerair... [Continue reading]

Virgin to put business class on the trans-Tasman, new premium product to come?

Virgin to put business class on the trans-Tasman, new premium product to come?

Virgin Australia is introducing business class seating on its trans-Tasman and Pacific Island 737 aircraft from early 2015. From March next year the 10 737s operated by the airline’s New Zealand-based operation (the former Pacific Blue), including... [Continue reading]

Virgin Australia brings forward 737 MAX deliveries, but “no rush” on widebodies

Virgin Australia brings forward 737 MAX deliveries, but “no rush” on widebodies

Virgin Australia has announced it is bringing forward first deliveries of the 23 Boeing 737 MAX 8s it has on order from 2019 to 2018 as part of efforts to increase aircraft fleet efficiency. However, the airline’s CEO John Borghetti won’t... [Continue reading]

Virgin Australia posts $355 million loss in 2013/14, sells partial stake in frequent flyer program

Virgin Australia posts $355 million loss in 2013/14, sells partial stake in frequent flyer program

Virgin Australia has posted a full year net loss of $355.6 million and says conditions remain challenging in the current year. The result was below market consensus of a $214 million loss for the 12 months to June 30 2014, according to a median of... [Continue reading]

Virgin unveils faster, more streamlined online check-in system

Virgin unveils faster, more streamlined online check-in system

Virgin Australia hopes an improved online check-in system will save passengers time and will be more user-friendly. The airline unveiled a new check-in system for domestic flights on Tuesday for use on smartphones, tablet devices and computers. Virgin... [Continue reading]

Tigerair likely a key focus during Virgin Australia’s results

Tigerair likely a key focus during Virgin Australia’s results

Much of Virgin Australia’s 2013/14 results presentation on Friday is expected to centre on the financial performance of its budget arm Tigerair Australia. Virgin purchased 60 per cent of Tigerair Australia in October 2012 from Tigerair Holdings based... [Continue reading]

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