Podcast: Virgin’s back from the dead – so what now?

written by Adam Thorn | September 9, 2020
A file image of Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-YIR at Auckland Airport. (G B_NZ/Wikimedia Commons)
A Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-YIR at Auckland Airport. (G B_NZ/Wikimedia Commons)

Last week, the sale of Virgin was finally complete after a months-long administration process that had enough twists and turns to script a whodunnit. But now that Bain’s deal has been rubber-stamped, what exactly is going to happen moving forward?

In this episode of the Australian Aviation podcast, host Phil Tarrant and regular guest Adam Thorn talk through the story behind the final week of the sale. Why did Branson break his silence? Is the TWU really supportive? And how on earth has chief executive Paul Scurrah managed to not only keep his job but get everyone to buy into his revival plan?

They also discuss strong comments from the CEO of Melbourne Airport, who has said the country shouldn’t wait for a vaccine to open international borders.

Finally, amid the gloom, Sydney’s new international airport now has some firm dates for construction work to start. The team discuss why the long-term outlook for aviation, post-COVID-19, is still strong.

Enjoy the podcast,

The Australian Aviation team

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