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Virgin Australia’s Frontline Team Will Be Completely Stood Up By December

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CEO Jayne Hrdlicka congratulated team members for their effort, devotion, and support since the airline’s restart a year ago at a staff gathering at Virgin’s Brisbane hangar last week.

Hrdlicka said it had been a huge year for the airline in so many ways, “and it wouldn’t have been possible to be in the position we are today, standing here, more competitive than ever, marking one year since our relaunch, if not for our amazing people”.

Virgin’s CEO affirmed that the whole workforce would be up and running by next month and that the airline had advertised around 600 positions in engineering, pit crew, cabin crew, and corporate across five states to support the arrival of new aircraft.

Virgin is also adding to its fleet, having inked letters of intent on seven Boeing 737NG aircraft.

The airline has stated that it will increase its 737 fleet by nearly 45 percent, from 58 to 84 aircraft, in the year since its restart, with the additional seven aircraft disclosed during last week’s personnel event.

Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (VARA), the group’s West Australian resource division, has received two more A320s, bringing its total A320 fleet to seven, as well as a number of F100 aircraft.

“This fleet growth underlines the confidence we have in the future of our business and the industry generally. Vaccination rates are rising, borders are opening and demand is returning,” Hrdlicka said.

“We are really positive about travel restarting as borders open more fully. We have used our time well while the industry was quiet and are well-advanced on all aspects of our transformation strategy, and we fully intend to continue growing with demand to ensure we operate at roughly 33 per cent of the domestic market.

“This enables us to continue to deliver the right mix of destinations with high frequency to support both our business and leisure purpose guests. It also means continued jobs growth at Virgin Australia, and our team is delighted to be welcoming new family members to the organization.

“The strength of Virgin Australia lies in our people, who have been the most extraordinary inspiration through the toughest of times with border closures and stand-downs.

“They have stayed positive, been incredibly flexible, demonstrated such loyalty and commitment, and worked hard every day to make a difference for our guests and our airline.

Last month, Virgin had the highest 24-hour conversion rate of flight searches to purchases since 2018.

In April, the airline announced the acquisition of ten new aircraft to its fleet, followed by nine more in August, all of which will be operating during the peak summer season.

Since September, the company has announced 12 new domestic routes, with international operations set to begin next month.

Virgin will restore short-haul international service in the near future, with flights to Fiji, Bali, and New Zealand, beginning on December 16, 2021.

The airline has also stated that Velocity members can use their points on any available economy seat on Virgin’s domestic network for two days only, on any flights departing between December 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022.

Millions of economy reward seats with no ban dates will literally be up for grabs in Velocity’s largest-ever consumer reward seat promotion, with Velocity members having until midnight on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, to book.

Additionally, Velocity members will receive a 20% discount with Points Booster when purchasing between 1,000 and 100,000 points until December 17, 2021.

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