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A Virgin Australia 777-300ER departs from Sydney Airport (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Hisham Qadri)

Virgin Australia Adjusts Capacity as Low Demand Hampers Profits

Softening demand in both business and leisure markets is projected to send Virgin Australia’s accounts into the red. In an investor update delivered to the markets on May 17, the Australian carrier announced estimated earnings in 2019 at least A$100 million lower (69 million U.S. dollars) than the A$64.4 million reported for the 2018 financial year. The current weak demand environment is expected to last at least two more months, as uncertainties over the forthcoming Australian political elections will stifle…

Virgin Atlantic Mulls London to Perth Flight in Direct Competition…

Virgin Atlantic founder and eccentric British entrepreneur Richard Branson said in a recent interview on "Your Money" that the airline is mulling a nonstop flight from London to Perth, Australia. If the plan comes to fruition, Virgin Atlantic would join Australian national carrier Qantas as the only two carriers on…

Australian REX Accuses Rivals of Stealing Pilots

Australian regional airline Regional Express, also known as REX, has accused domestic rivals Qantas and Virgin Australia of hiring large numbers of its pilots. In practices referred to as "rapacious", "selfish", and "irresponsible", REX has said that the two larger competitors have hired around 17 percent of its first officers…

Delta to Add Refreshed 777-200 to Sydney Market in March…

Delta Air Lines has put their newly refurbished Boeing 777-200ER back into service after the aircraft received a cabin overhaul. The aircraft flew Detroit to Beijing fitted with Delta One Suites, Delta Premium Select, and the widest Main Cabin seats in Delta’s international fleet, according to the airline's press release.…

Virgin Australia’s CEO to Step Down in 2020

Virgin Australia’s Chief Executive Officer John Borghetti has announced he will not be renewing his contract as the CEO. Borghetti’s contract is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2020. Borghetti joined the Virgin Australia Group on May 8, 2010, after leaving his executive general manager position at Qantas. Virgin Australia…

Samoan Government Blocks Virgin Australia Flights to New Zealand

Over 6,000 passengers had their travel plans thrown into chaos this week when the Government of Samoa blocked Virgin Australia from commencing their five-times weekly service between Apia and Auckland, New Zealand. The route, due to start on Nov. 13, was scheduled to operate five times a week between the…

Qantas Quickly Approaching Its Foreign Ownership Ceiling

Given the airline’s continued growth and resurgence in stockholder value, Qantas revealed that foreign owners now control 46.73 percent of its shares, just shy of its 49 percent cap on foreign ownership. Qantas, which also owns subsidiaries Jetstar Airways and Qantas Freight, has been more bullish this year on news…

Name Game Series Finale: How Oceania Airlines Name Their Aircraft

This is part six of “The Name Game” series. For earlier parts, check out Part One,  Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, and Part Six covering other major regions around the world.  No two aircraft are alike, and while every carrier can showcase this fact by slapping a registration number on…

Virgin Australia Becomes Naming Rights Sponsor of V8 Supercars

As Australia’s primary racing series continues to look for a way to go international, the series may have just gotten the financial backing from an airline to do so. The Australian carrier Virgin Australia has announced a five-year deal with the V8 Supercar series. The airline will become the official…

BRIEF: Virgin Australia Announces New Cargo Division

Virgin Australia announced that they will be launching a cargo division. The addition of a cargo division will provide new competition for the cargo market in Australia. The new cargo operation will only affect Virgin’s domestic operations. The addition of a cargo division was part of Virgin Australia’s Virgin Vision…