Thursday October 30, 2014

Virgin and Tourism Australia boost marketing spend

Virgin and Tourism Australia boost marketing spend

Virgin Australia has expanded its global marketing deal with Tourism Australia for a fourth time, with the two parties expected to pour a combined $10 million into promotional activities in 2014/15. The $10 million will be spent on showcasing Australia... [Continue reading]

Borghetti flags two to three new international routes within three years

Borghetti flags two to three new international routes within three years

Virgin Australia will add two or three new international destinations to its route network within three years, the airline’s chief executive John Borghetti has revealed. “You wlll see us fly to more international destinations over the next three... [Continue reading]

Virgin schedules ATR services from Melbourne

Virgin schedules ATR services from Melbourne

Virgin Australia looks set to open a couple of new routes for its fleet of ATR turboprop aircraft out of Melbourne. According to schedules from Virgin’s website, the airline will start Melbourne-Canberra flights with ATR 72-600s on November 10, while... [Continue reading]

Virgin Australia chairman Neil Chatfield to step down

Virgin Australia chairman Neil Chatfield to step down

Virgin Australia is on the lookout for a new chairman, with Neil Chatfield to step down from the board after eight years as a director. Chatfield, who was appointed a Virgin Australia director May 2006 and named chairman in June the following year, says... [Continue reading]

Curtain falls on Virgin’s Melbourne-Los Angeles service

Curtain falls on Virgin’s Melbourne-Los Angeles service

Virgin Australia has operated its final Melbourne-Los Angeles flight and commenced daily Brisbane-Los Angeles service as the airline consolidates its Boeing 777-300ER operations at two local hubs. The last flight to depart Melbourne for Los Angeles... [Continue reading]

Virgin Australia to start Darwin-Alice Springs flights from March

Virgin Australia to start Darwin-Alice Springs flights from March

Virgin Australia has announced plans to operate three-times-weekly return services between Darwin and Alice Springs from late March 2015. The commencement of the new services, to be operated by Boeing 737 aircraft, has been timed to coincide with the... [Continue reading]

Virgin completes partial sale of Velocity, pockets $336 million

Virgin completes partial sale of Velocity, pockets $336 million

Virgin Australia has received a $336 million boost to its balance sheet after completing the partial sale of its Velocity Frequent Flyer program. The deal to sell a 35 per cent stake in Velocity to investment firm and fund manager Affinity Equity Partners... [Continue reading]

Rex and Qantas claim on-time honours for September

Rex and Qantas claim on-time honours for September

Despite a strong improvement in on-time performance from Virgin Australia, Qantas and Regional Express (Rex) have maintained their position as the nation’s most punctual airlines. Figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics... [Continue reading]

Virgin Australia plans full ownership of Tigerair Australia

Virgin Australia plans full ownership of Tigerair Australia

Virgin Australia says the takeover of Tigerair Australia will fast track the low-cost carrier’s path to profitability through international expansion and back room cost efficiencies. Australia’s second-largest carrier will pay A$1 to pick up the... [Continue reading]

Virgin says losses narrowed in first quarter of 2014/15

Virgin says losses narrowed in first quarter of 2014/15

Virgin Australia says consumer conditions remain weak as the carrier reported a $59.1 million statutory net loss in the first quarter of 2014/15. The airline, which has moved to quarterly reporting of its financial performance, says the underlying loss... [Continue reading]

Virgin’s newest A330 enters revenue service

Virgin’s newest A330 enters revenue service

Virgin Australia’s newest Airbus A330-200 has entered revenue service, joining the carrier’s five other Airbus widebodies flying between Perth and Australia’s east coast capitals. The first commercial flight of VH-XFJ took off from Melbourne as... [Continue reading]

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