• Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti shares 10 lessons in business

    One of Australia's most fascinating, enigmatic and undoubtedly driven business leaders, John Borghetti shaped both Qantas and Virgin Australia. In this extract from Game Changer – a new biography which charts Borghetti's path from mailboy to CEO – Borghetti shares ten business lesson...

    POSTED 10 Nov, 2015 3 Comments

  • Virgin Australia CEO nixes Star Alliance, SkyTeam

    Virgin Australia has all but ruled out joining Star Alliance or SkyTeam, with CEO John Borghetti saying he "doesn't see the merit" in any of the global airline alliances. "There are no plan to join an alliance and there's no need for it" Borghetti told Australian Business Travelle...

    POSTED 27 Mar, 2014 19 Comments

  • Virgin Australia CEO: "Qantas wants a free ride"

    Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti has lashed out at Qantas over indications that the Flying Kangaroo could receive government support to shore up its debt, accusing the airline of "trying to get a free ride" to hold their 65% domestic market share and "knock out" competition in Australian skies...

    POSTED 18 Feb, 2014 18 Comments

  • Borghetti defends the Qantas-Virgin duopoly

    12 years since the collapse of Ansett, which ushered in a decade of near-monopoly dominance for Qantas, the expansion of Virgin Australia is undeniably putting competition back into the business travel equation. But it’s also seen Australia’s aviation industry return to what is osten...

    POSTED 9 May, 2013 6 Comments

  • Branson: letting Borghetti go "was Qantas' biggest mistake ever"

    Should Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti ever suffer from late-night pangs of self doubt, he need only pick up the phone and call Sir Richard Branson for a shot of confidence. "Qantas made its biggest mistake ever by not making John their chief executive" Branson reflected in Perth f...

    POSTED 8 May, 2013 52 Comments

  • Borghetti, Branson take on Qantas with Virgin Australia regional airlines

    Virgin Australia is set to battle Qantas on another front with the official launch of Virgin's regional airline. Perth-based Skywest will be rebranded as a Virgin airline and add some 32 planes to the Virgin Australia fleet, with 800 services per week to some 41 destinations. Virgin Austra...

    POSTED 7 May, 2013 3 Comments

  • Borghetti: Virgin Australia may 'tweak' routes, boost Tiger flights

    Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti has pledged that Virgin won't drop out of routes in favour of new low-cost sibling Tiger Airways Australia. However, he said that some of the more popular routes shared between both airlines could see fewer daily Virgin services, while flights by Tiger cou...

    POSTED 2 May, 2013 17 Comments

  • Virgin Australia plans big things for business travel in 2013

    Virgin Australia plans big things for business travellers in the coming year, with airline CEO John Borghetti using this week's annual general meeting to pull together several smaller pieces of the larger picture. It's a picture which looks good from Borghetti's perspective, too: the reinvigorat...

    POSTED 23 Nov, 2012 8 Comments

  • John Borghetti

    Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti says he’s on track to win the second of his two bets with Virgin supremo Sir Richard Branson – although he’s keeping quiet on exactly what’s at stake. Borghetti claimed victory in his first high-stakes wager with Branson in the radical ...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2012 3 Comments

  • Virgin Australia

    Virgin Australia aims to dramatically boost the number of members of its Velocity Frequent Flyer scheme in the next three years, by which time the airline’s CEO John Borghetti expects Velocity to be transformed “from a frequent flyer program to a broad-based loyalty program in its own...

    POSTED 31 Aug, 2012 3 Comments

  • Virgin Australia CEO declares "Game on" in battle with Qantas

    Virgin Australia is launching the second phase of its three-year 'Game Change' transformation from the low-cost Virgin Blue to a full-service Qantas competitor – and the new war cry is 'Game on'. “We are now almost a year ahead of schedule on the (Game Change) strategy, having achiev...

    POSTED 28 Aug, 2012 9 Comments

  • Virgin Australia

    Cheaper business class fares are good news for business travellers, but Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti says that the current price war between Virgin Australia and Qantas is good for his own business too. Speaking on ABC TV’s Inside Business programme this weekend, Borghetti take...

    POSTED 22 Jul, 2012 7 Comments

  • Etihad gets greenlight for 10% stake in Virgin Australia

    Etihad Airways will be permitted to take a 10% stake in Virgin Australia, following approval by the Australian Government for the Abu Dhabi flag-carrier to double its existing 4.99% slice of Virgin. The equity stake will be capped at a maximum of 10%  per cent stake by the Fo...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2012 13 Comments

  • Virgin Australia gaining ground among business travellers

    Virgin Australia is winning favour among Australia's business travellers, with an increasing number of corporate flyers considering the airline for their next business trip. According to a survey conducted by Roy Morgan Research, 54% of business travellers would consider using Virgin Austra...

    POSTED 4 Apr, 2012 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia plans for more (and bigger) airport lounges

    As Virgin Australia continues to expand its domestic lounge network, Virgin boss John Borghetti shared with Australian Business Traveller an insight into progress for the lounges already announced at the Gold Coast and Darwin, plus the refit of the Sydney lounge.   "Gold...

    POSTED 24 Feb, 2012 3 Comments

  • Virgin Australia in 2012: new lounges, aircraft revamps & more

    Virgin Australia's CEO John Borghetti has revealed his plans for the airline through the end of this year and into 2012 at today's Annual General Meeting, and there's some great news for business travellers. Australian Business Traveller has sorted through the usual financial and technical AGM g...

    POSTED 23 Nov, 2011 1 Comment

  • Qantas' business travel loss is Virgin Australia's gain

    Virgin Australia is on the fast track to a 20%  share of the domestic business travel market following Qantas' snap decision last Saturday to ground all flights. Although the shutdown gambit appears to have been a successful circuit-breaker against ongoing union disputes, the move coul...

    POSTED 4 Nov, 2011 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia begins flights to Emerald, Qld in Jan 2012

    IN BRIEF | Virgin Australia is adding the central Queensland town of Emerald to the growing regional network served by the airline's nimble new ATR turboprops. Weekday flights will run twice daily from 16 January, 2012. The morning service will depart from Brisbane at 5.45am and ...

    POSTED 26 Oct, 2011 1 Comment

  • "No change to our pricing" for Qantas strikes: Virgin Australia CEO

    "More flights at the same price" -- that's the Virgin Australia recipe for soaking up once-loyal Qantas business travellers during the Red Roo's ongoing industrial turmoil. Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti has pledged "there will be no change to our pricing strategy" as th...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2011 2 Comments

  • Virgin Australia begins Brisbane-Port Macquarie flights

    IN BRIEF | Virgin Australia's daily shuttle service between Brisbane and Port Macquarie begins today as the airline continues to beef up its regional presence. DJ1766 departs Brisbane at 10am, arriving in Port Macquarie at 12.25pm – it's actually just a 1.5 hour trip, but the differen...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2011 1 Comment

  • Virgin Australia debuts Brisbane-Gladstone flights

    IN BRIEF | Virgin Australia begins 'double daily 'Brisbane-Gladstone flights today. It's not just a new route for the challenger airline, it's also the debut of the ATR turbo?prop (turbine-driven propeller) aircraft which will soon also join the Capital Connect shuttle servic...

    POSTED 17 Oct, 2011 1 Comment

  • First look: Virgin Australia's new ATR-72 regional aircraft

    Virgin Australia's factory-fresh ATR-72 'turboprops' (turbine-driven propeller) are soon set to whisk business travellers along key regional routes, as part of its alliance with SkyWest – and a first look inside these nimble planes shows that passengers are in for a treat. These fuel-...

    POSTED 29 Sep, 2011 3 Comments

  • Is Virgin set to join Star Alliance?

    Virgin Atlantic is tipped to join the Star Alliance airline network in the near future, a move likely to fuel speculation that sibling Virgin Australia will follow suit. Speaking to Forbes, Sir Richard Branson confirmed that "There is likely to be an announcement of an alliance coming very soon&...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2011 8 Comments

  • Qantas flight delays loom; engineers to strike from Thursday

    Qantas engineers will press ahead with a plan to strike for an hour each day until just before Christmas, putting the airline's unmatched record of punctuality under threat. The union behind the strikes, the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA), says its members will contin...

    POSTED 24 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

  • On-time arrivals: Virgin Australia closes the gap on Qantas

    Virgin Australia is closing in on Qantas in its race to be Australia's most on-time airline, with the latest figures showing that Qantas now leads by just 1.1 percent in on-time arrivals. As Australian Business Traveller reported, CEO John Borghetti promised to beat Qantas in punctuality, tellin...

    POSTED 22 Aug, 2011 3 Comments

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