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
Virgin Australia will start flights with business class to the Gold Coast towards the end of this year, with a snazzy new airport lounge set to follow. The move makes Virgin the only airline to offer domestic business class services to the Gold Coast, although the availability of business c...
POSTED 8 Aug, 2011 12 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
Australian Business Traveller was on-board Virgin Australia's first Sydney-Perth flight today as the airline gears up for what will be a three-times daily service from July, marketed under the 'Coast to Coast' brand. This flight on the airline's new wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft also marks the ...
POSTED 26 May, 2011 14 Comments
While the Federal Government promises to yet again look into a second airport for Sydney, Canberra Airport is already gearing up to offer international flights from the end of next year. Flights to New Zealand are expected once the current $350 million redevelopment process is completed in ...
POSTED 12 Apr, 2011 2 Comments
Update: we now have the new Virgin Australia logo to go with the Virgin Australia brand. Previous: In the clearest sign yet of Virgin Blue's new 'Virgin Australia' brand the airline has taken ownership of the virginaustralia.com.au Internet name. That name, along with Virgin Pacific, is registe...
POSTED 11 Apr, 2011 2 Comments
Virgin Blue is gearing up to reveal its new domestic economy class seat, to feature on the airline's new Airbus A330s when they begin daily service between Sydney and Perth on May 26. A teaser on the Virgin Blue website contains a close-up photo of the seats and tells us they'll be covered in 'l...
POSTED 6 Apr, 2011 1 Comment
Virgin Blue is now offering double Velocity frequent flyer points to travellers who book flights on Virgin group airlines around the world. The offer applies to flights booked through Virgin Atlantic and Virgin America, and you'll need to register for the points at the Velocity promotion web pag...
POSTED 7 Mar, 2011 0 Comments
Flying on Virgin Blue, V Australia or Virgin America? If you're a Virgin Atlantic Flying Club frequent flyer member, you can earn double miles from now until the end of May if you put the flights towards your Flying Club account rather than Virgin Blue's Velocity or Virgin America's Elevate progr...
POSTED 2 Mar, 2011 0 Comments
There’s a seismic shift happening at Virgin Blue. A new name, new logo and new brand. New planes with new livery. New business class seats, new cabins and new lounges. New routes. New alliances with partner airlines. New uniforms. It’s all part of what staff internally refer to as &l...
POSTED 22 Feb, 2011 0 Comments
The alliance between Virgin Blue and Etihad has received the blessing of the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission), with the government competition watchdog affirming that the partnership is more likely to help the growth of the airline industry rather than hinder it. ‘&ls...
POSTED 3 Feb, 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 will begin an extensive three-month upgrade of its lounges at Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports next month as the airline gears up for its attack on the business travel market. In addition to what the airline describes as "a substantial refurbishment programme ... to enhance co...
POSTED 18 Jan, 2011 1 Comment
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
Virgin Blue has raised its credit card surcharge on domestic and international bookings, to the point where its booking fee for a return flight within Australia is now higher than that of Qantas. The new credit card fees, which were quietly introduced just prior to Christmas, sees the previous $...
POSTED 31 Dec, 2010 0 Comments
Update The New Zealand government has today approved the trans-Tasman alliance between Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue. With Australia's ACCC already giving the nod to this partnership, it sets up both airlines for a 2011 attack on Qantas' lucrative Tasman route as well as opening new direct ro...
POSTED 21 Dec, 2010 0 Comments
Virgin Blue may ink a partnership with Star Alliance as part of the carrier's push towards what is internally called "the new Blue". Company CEO John Borghetti is attending this week's meeting of Star Alliance airline executives in Queenstown, New Zealand, ostensibly as a guest of Air New Zeala...
POSTED 14 Dec, 2010 0 Comments
Virgin Blue’s quest to double its share of business travellers by building a global network of airline alliances continues to gather momentum. A decision on the carrier's proposed trans-Tasman alliance with Air New Zealand is due from Australian and New Zealand regulators later this week. ...
POSTED 8 Dec, 2010 0 Comments
The good news: you might not have to worry about dozens of beefy boisterous footy players cramming onto your economy class Virgin Blue flight once the airline takes up AFL sponsorship from 2011. But if you're travelling in business class your flights could get a little more 'interesting', if the...
POSTED 7 Dec, 2010 0 Comments
Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Cathay Pacific have been voted the world's best international airlines in the Zagat.com 2010 airline survey. The 8,000 frequent fliers who took part in the surve, and collectively made almost 140,000 flights in the past year, chose Singapore Airlines as having...
POSTED 2 Dec, 2010 0 Comments
Virgin Blue continues to step up its efforts to steal market share from Qantas' "near-monopoly" on the Australian business travel market. The airline has commenced an intensive four-month multi-million dollar upgrade of its Brisbane domestic terminal, where it occupies space previously allocate...
POSTED 29 Nov, 2010 0 Comments
Air France is about to begin rollout of its new just-over-two-metre-long bed next month as the French flag carrier refreshes its long-haul Airbus A380, Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 business class cabins. Other enhancements at the pointy end include a familiar shell structure around the seat for e...
POSTED 26 Nov, 2010 5 Comments
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