Wednesday August 20, 2014

Virgin Australia’s first A330 leaves fleet

Virgin Australia’s first A330 leaves fleet

Virgin Australia’s first Airbus A330 appears to have operated its last flight in the airline’s colours and is being returned to its lessor. The ex-Emirates A330-200 aircraft, registration VH-XFA, left Melbourne for Singapore on Sunday, August... [Continue reading]

Domestic carriers improve on-time efforts

Domestic carriers improve on-time efforts

Domestic flyers have been treated to improved punctuality in 2013/14, with all local airlines bar Tigerair Australia posting a lift in on-time performance, new figures show. In the 12 months to June 30 2014, 83.8 per cent of all flights left within 15... [Continue reading]

Domestic discount airfares lower than a year ago

Domestic discount airfares lower than a year ago

Australia’s domestic carriers’ recent pullback of capacity growth appears yet to have an impact on prices, with the cost of the cheapest economy tickets remaining below last year’s levels. The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and... [Continue reading]

Hawaiian keen to forge closer ties with Virgin

Hawaiian keen to forge closer ties with Virgin

Hawaiian Airlines chief executive Mark Dunkerley says he is open to working more closely with Virgin Australia to grow the local market for travel to Hawaii. In addition to a frequent flyer agreement between the two carriers, Virgin has placed its VA... [Continue reading]

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]

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