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Podcast: Can Virgin’s comeback plan fend off Rex and Qantas?

written by Robyn Tongol | October 7, 2020
VH-VBA Virgin Blue Boeing 737-700 - 1942009
VH-VBA Virgin Blue Boeing 737-700, shot in 2009 at Brisbane Airport (Craig Murray)

On the previous episode of the Australian Aviation Podcast, Virgin Australia chief executive Paul Scurrah appeared on the show to talk through the business’ bold comeback plan that will see it slot in between being a low-cost carrier and large international airline. Or as he calls it, the company will morph into a “high-quality, value airline”.

This week, host Phil Tarrant and guests Adam Thorn and a returning Christian “Boo” Boucousis ask: will it work? And can the plan fend off heavyweight champion Qantas and plucky upstart Rex?

Plus, they discuss whether the federal government has done enough to help the industry, with little help for third-party providers and airports. When the sector recovers, will there be enough skilled professionals left to get us moving again?

Finally, the team chat about the progress of Loyal Wingman, and ponder whether it could open the door to a wave of investment in UAVs over the next decade.

Enjoy the podcast,

The Australian Aviation team

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3 Comments

  • annon

    says:

    Always great listening to av news from an av geek.

  • Lachlan

    says:

    Can virgins comeback plan fend off QF and REX?

    No. Virgin will fail under Bain or whoever eventually buys it off them.

    REX will run a lean ship. QF will always be around.

    Just my prediction

  • A. Pilot

    says:

    Lachlan,

    Based on your comments, you’ve obviously seen Virgin’s current balance sheet, Bains cash reserve and have been privy enough to see the company’s business plan. I assume you have extensive aviation and business acumen also to be making such predictions. What else can you tell us?

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