Monday April 21, 2014

Velocity offers an upgrade to Space Class

Velocity offers an upgrade to Space Class

Virgin Australia’s Velocity loyalty program will give one of its members an opportunity to win a seat on the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo commercial space flight. The airline says members will be given an opportunity to upgrade to the seat on SpaceShipTwo... [Continue reading]

Virgin Aust rated 2nd best employer

Virgin Aust rated 2nd best employer

For the second year running, Virgin Australia has taken second place in the Randstad Awards for the best employer in Australia. The award, which was won by national broadcaster the ABC also for the second year in a row, is based on the results of the... [Continue reading]

Air NZ & Virgin ramp up for Queenstown peak

Air NZ & Virgin ramp up for Queenstown peak

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia have announced they will add an additional 40,000 seats on services to and from Queenstown over the winter peak season this year. Running from July to September, the airlines say they will increase capacity on trans-Tasman... [Continue reading]

Air NZ and Virgin repeat Christchurch/Perth seasonal offering

Air NZ and Virgin repeat Christchurch/Perth seasonal offering

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia plan to once again operate seasonal non-stop flights between Christchurch and Perth beginning later this year, following the success of this summer’s inaugural service. This second direct seasonal service, which... [Continue reading]

South African teams with Virgin for missing Sydney link

South African teams with Virgin for missing Sydney link

South African Airways (SAA) is to codeshare with Virgin Australia allowing the South African airline to resume serving Sydney. SAA lost access to Sydney after Qantas, with effect from May 31, axed its codeshare agreement where Qantas codeshared on SAA... [Continue reading]

Govt approves Qantas Sale Act changes, but unlikely to pass Senate

Govt approves Qantas Sale Act changes, but unlikely to pass Senate

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has indicted the government will approve changes to the Qantas Sale Act which would encourage greater levels of foreign investment. Speaking to media on March 3, Mr Abbott said he would introduce legislation so that the QSA... [Continue reading]

Virgin Australia posts $84m loss despite rising revenue

Virgin Australia posts $84m loss despite rising revenue

Virgin Australia has posted a $83.7 million after tax loss for the first half of the 2014 financial year, despite a near six per cent increase in revenue to $2.22 billion. But despite the loss, and despite all the talk of capacity wars, the airline’s... [Continue reading]

Virgin pilots back Borghetti’s stance on Qantas

Virgin pilots back Borghetti’s stance on Qantas

The Virgin Independent Pilots Association (VIPA) has echoed comments by airline CEO John Borghetti last week criticising a government proposal to offer a debt guarantee to Qantas. In a February 26 statement, VIPA questioned Qantas’s “ongoing capacity... [Continue reading]

Qantas to end South African Airways alliance

Qantas to end South African Airways alliance

Qantas will end its codeshare agreement with South African Airways on May 31 covering services between Perth-Johannesburg and Sydney-Johannesburg. Qantas will retain its daily Sydney-Johannesburg service, but through its codeshare agreement with Emirates,... [Continue reading]

Borghetti critical of Govt moves to support Qantas

Borghetti critical of Govt moves to support Qantas

Usually mild-mannered Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti has come out swinging in an interview about Qantas’s bid to receive a debt guarantee from the federal government. Speaking on ABC radio on February 18, Borghetti labelled proposals by the government... [Continue reading]

Branson comes out swinging against QF ‘prop up’

Branson comes out swinging against QF ‘prop up’

Virgin Australia founder and shareholder, Sir Richard Branson, has taken out full page open letter advertisements in Australia’s Sunday newspapers on February 16 calling for the Australian government to not “prop up the Qantas Group.” Branson’s... [Continue reading]

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