UPDATE | The return of commercial supersonic flights is one step closer following this week's reveal of the Boom XB-1 'supersonic demonstrator' in Colorado, USA. Backed by Brit billionaire Sir Richard Branson, who has an option to buy the first 10 of these next-gen Concordes, this mockup 'B...
POSTED 18 Nov, 2016 24 Comments
Virgin Atlantic is unlikely to restart flights to Australia, says the superbrand godfather Sir Richard Branson. Branson's brash British Airways challenger axed its Sydney-Hong Kong flights in May 2014 and exited the Australian market, citing "increasing costs and a challengin...
POSTED 9 Sep, 2015 17 Comments
UPDATE | Virgin Galactic is gearing up for its planned commercial spaceflights later this year, partnering with NM Hotels on the ground. Astronauts will stay at the Hotel Encantado de Las Cruces in New Mexico as part of the multi-day experience, which includes a tour of the Virgin Galactic Space...
POSTED 9 Jul, 2014 11 Comments
Want to top up your Virgin Australia Velocity rewards account? Sir Richard Branson is giving away his entire stash of "over one million points". Branson's actual tally is 1,035,843 Velocity Frequent Flyer points, says Virgin Australia. That's about enough for a Virgin Australia b...
POSTED 13 Feb, 2014 12 Comments
Virgin Galactic has become the first airline – albeit a space-faring one – to let you buy a ticket with the digital 'virtual currency' known as Bitcoins. Appearing on US cable news network CNBC overnight, Sir Richard Branson said Virgin Galactic has already taken its first Bitcoin bo...
POSTED 28 Nov, 2013 2 Comments
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
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
Business class passengers on Virgin Atlantic will be shaken, not stirred -- and once more welcome to steal the salt shakers -- as the airline brings back its popular and much-nicked plane-shaped salt and pepper set. With "pinched from Virgin Atlantic" engraved under their little feet, the Wilbur...
POSTED 23 Nov, 2012 1 Comment
Virgin Australia may not be rushing into the embrace of a global airline alliance but its UK sibling Virgin Atlantic is set to join either Star Alliance or SkyTeam in early 2013. "Virgin Atlantic has always enjoyed its independence, but since pretty well every competitor that we have has an alli...
POSTED 27 Oct, 2012 4 Comments
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
Sir Richard Branson has come out swinging against Qantas, saying the Australian flag-carrier is running scared of competition and likening it to a "headmaster's favourite telling on the naughty boys". Ouch! Writing on the website of his Virgin empire this weekend, Branson congratulated Virg...
POSTED 8 Jul, 2012 8 Comments
The world's three Virgin airlines – Virgin Australia, Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic – are joining forces via their frequent flyer programs. Members of Virgin Australia's Velocity program can already earn points and credits when travelling on Virgin America and Virgin Atlant...
POSTED 20 Mar, 2012 8 Comments
The world's first commercial spaceport is ready for business, with Sir Richard Branson this week opening the home of his Virgin Galactic operation at 'Spaceport America'. Of course, merely cutting a red ribbon isn't Branson's style – the billionaire rappelled down the side of the suitabl...
POSTED 23 Oct, 2011 0 Comments
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
Would you like to step onto a plane in Sydney at 3pm after a late lunch, fasten your seatbelt and be in London four hours later -- which means, given the time zones, arriving at 6am ready for breakfast and a full day of meetings? It sounds like science fiction, but Virgin Galactic wants to make ...
POSTED 5 Aug, 2011 0 Comments
Virgin Australia is looking to start direct flights between Sydney and San Francisco, with Sir Richard Branson admitting that the route is "under consideration" for the airline formerly known as Virgin Blue. Branson's comments, made during a press conference following the lau...
POSTED 26 May, 2011 5 Comments
If you liked the look of the leather seats in Virgin Australia's factory-fresh Boeing 737-800, here's good news: the airline is going to fit them into most of the current Virgin Blue aircraft. "The new Boeing 737-800 business and economy class interiors will be rolled out across the majorit...
POSTED 6 May, 2011 0 Comments
Sir Richard Branson was guest of honour at today's launch of Virgin Australia, an airline which now firmly extends his aviation empire across the globe. We recorded his presentation for your viewing pleasure: Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti was up next, to flesh out some of the details on ...
POSTED 5 May, 2011 0 Comments
The Virgin Australia launch party has been a huge spectacle, with brand new planes in a brand new paint scheme, Sir Richard Branson and John Borghetti, a special inflatable press conference tent on Sydney Airport's taxiways, and so much more. With Australian Business Traveller staff all ove...
POSTED 4 May, 2011 0 Comments
Following today's launch of the new Virgin Australia, we asked Richard Branson how business travel has changed over the years – and what does it take to get it right? "It's all about the details" Branson says. "Every single little detail has to be right. For the amount of mo...
POSTED 4 May, 2011 0 Comments
The relationship between Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue is getting cosier, with the Kiwi flag-carrier taking up a 14.9% shareholding stake in Virgin Blue. Air New Zealand chief executive Rob Fyfe describes the investment "as part of Air New Zealand's strategy to develop scale and reach in ...
POSTED 20 Jan, 2011 3 Comments
Virgin Blue's Velocity Rewards members can now earn points on Air New Zealand Flights by booking AirNZ flights with Virgin Atlantic flight numbers. Velocity members have fully reciprocal earn-and-redeem arrangements with Virgin Atlantic, but have yet to hear what the Air New Zealand-Virgin Blue ...
POSTED 14 Jan, 2011 1 Comment
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