Virgin Blue News

Capt Elle Macpherson joins Virgin Blue crew

Capt Elle Macpherson joins Virgin Blue crew

23rd Feb 2011 Focus

Last week Virgin Atlantic staked its official claim to having the world’s most attractive cabin crew. This week its sister airline Virgin Blue was joined by a supermodel – with Australian fashion icon Elle Macpherson among the pilots and crew to model its new uniforms.

Ticketing crash sees Virgin Blue passengers stranded

Ticketing crash sees Virgin Blue passengers stranded

27th Sep 2010 Airline News

More than 50,000 passengers have been affected following the collapse the Virgin Blue ticketing system on Sunday evening. As many as 400 flights were cancelled or delayed following the outage, with the airline blaming its information technology producer – Navitaire – for the glitches.

Australia approves Etihad-Virgin Blue link-up

Australia approves Etihad-Virgin Blue link-up

23rd Sep 2010 Airline News

Etihad Airways and Virgin Blue Group have won interim authorisation from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to form an alliance on flights to Abu Dhabi. The body had earlier rejected an application from the Australian carrier to form an alliance with Air New Zealand while US authorities scuppered a deal with Delta Air Ways.

Virgin Blue Holdings flying high

Virgin Blue Holdings flying high

26th Aug 2010 Airline News

Virgin Blue Holdings has seen stocks soar this morning following a return to profitability for financial 2010 and confirmation of a major linkup with Etihad Airways. The agreement will see VBH’s international arm - V Australia - launch direct services to Abu Dhabi in 2011, with the two airlines subsequently offering a joint network of more than 100 destinations.

Virgin Blue axes New Zealand

Virgin Blue axes New Zealand

17th Aug 2010 Airline News

Pacific Blue, a subsidiary of Richard Branson’s Virgin Blue, is axing its New Zealand domestic operations after suffering from years of heavy losses. It will redeploy planes and staff on transtasman services to Australia.

Dixon steps into Tourism Australia role

Dixon steps into Tourism Australia role

Former Qantas chief executive Geoff Dixon has been appointed the new chairman of Tourism Australia in a move designed to restore “leadership” to the organisation. A shake up at the top also sees Perth businesswoman Kate Lamont and former Virgin Blue chief executive Brett Godfrey take up positions on the board.

Virgin Blue shares bomb as leisure markets deteriorates

Virgin Blue shares bomb as leisure markets deteriorates

28th May 2010 Airline News

Shares in Virgin Blue, Australia’s second largest carrier, fell as much as 30 per cent on Friday after it revealed that full-year profits could be as much as 75 percent lower than forecast only weeks ago. It blamed a “rapid deterioration and increased volatility” in trading, with leisure bookings hit particularly hard.

Virgin Blue and Air New Zealand seek alliance

Virgin Blue and Air New Zealand seek alliance

4th May 2010 Airline News

Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue are seeking regulatory approval for an alliance, with the airlines hoping to challeng Qantas as the dominant force in the region. Regulators are expected to take around six months to review the applications prior to authorisation.

Boeing lands biggest order since downturn

Boeing lands biggest order since downturn

3rd Apr 2010 Airline News

Virgin Blue, Australia’s second largest airline, is to embark on a massive spending spree with the purchase of 105 Boeing 737 aircraft. The order represents the largest for Boeing in the past 18 months, as well as the Virgin Blue’s most significant fleet upgrade in its 10-year history.

John Borghetti appointed CEO at Virgin Blue

John Borghetti appointed CEO at Virgin Blue

3rd Mar 2010 Airline News

Former Qantas executive John Borghetti has been appointed chief executive officer at rival Australian airline Virgin Blue. The move has sparked a flurry of activity in the Australian aviation industry, with Colin Storrie also stepping down as finance director at Qantas.