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A Virgin with tatts is one of world’s top earning jets

A Virgin with tatts is one of world’s top earning jets

There is more than a new identity applied to the Virgin Samoa 737 announced by the Government of Samoa this morning. It’s got tatts! It is also believed to be among the top earning 737s of the world, having earned more than $20 million a year for its owners, the Samoa Government (49%) Virgin Blue […]

Virgin Australia loses $67.8 million after tax

Virgin Australia loses $67.8 million after tax

Virgin Australia has filed its results for the year to June 30 prior to a major press conference later this morning. This is the headline summary of the ASX release: The results show that Virgin Australia’s international routes are now profitable, making $22.4 million before interest and tax on services flown by V Australia and […]

Pacific Blue pilot charged with endangering safety, but airline’s safety culture not questioned!

Pacific Blue pilot charged with endangering safety, but airline’s safety culture not questioned!

New Zealand authorities have charged a Pacific Blue pilot with endangering safety during an after dark take-off at Queenstown last June  yet taken no action against the Virgin Blue subsidiary. This is something that ought to sound an alarm for travellers. In air crash litigation in general, and world wide, airlines are responsible for everything […]

A new blue in fare wars fast approaches

A new blue in fare wars fast approaches

All of the prerequisites for a prolonged fare war between Virgin Blue and Qantas are locked in, and not just for the cheap seats. This morning’s announcement by Virgin Blue that it was quitting New Zealand domestic routes on October 18, but adding that capacity to the trans Tasman, regional Pacific, and Bali routes, as […]

Flight standards under fire at Pacific Blue

Flight standards under fire at Pacific Blue

A Pacific Blue 737 flying from Queenstown NZ to Sydney has been caught red handed breaking a fundamental safety rule at the mountain rimmed airport, which is do not takeoff when it is too dark. This report is one of many in the NZ media overnight and this morning. LATEST: A Pacific Blue flight that […]

What’s in it for whom in the Virgins & Kiwis tie-up

What’s in it for whom in the Virgins & Kiwis tie-up

On the face of it the proposed Virgin Blue-Air NZ alliance announced today will simply collect the major alternatives to Qantas or Jetstar across the Tasman on a single booking screen, regardless of which of the airline sites a consumer is looking at. But there is more. The outgoing co-founder and CEO of Virgin Blue, […]

Virgin Blue flies back into black

Virgin Blue flies back into black

Virgin Blue is making money this financial year, but trying to keep a lid on major pending announcements about its brand and new cabin arrangements. Those were the two key messages from today’s annual general meeting. Reports also indicate the V Australia has emerged from the storm clouds of an inauspicious entry into the Australia-US […]

Qantas v Virgins, an incomplete scoreboard for August

Qantas v Virgins, an incomplete scoreboard for August

The Virgin Blue group operating statistics for August, like those of the Qantas group released yesterday, leave investors with an incomplete scoreboard in terms of comparing performances. In this case Virgin Blue continues its practice of giving no statistics for yields. Yesterday Qantas persisted with its practice of fudging the specifics of how Jetstar is […]

Delta V-how it might work

Delta V-how it might work

The chances of a trans Pacific joint venture by the Virgin Blue group of carriers and Delta have improved after the US Department of Transport approved anti trust immunity for Continental Airlines participating in the Star Alliance, which includes its major rival United Airlines. The Department of Justice under the Obama administration had earlier voiced […]

Angry Flyers Lounge-Jetstar’s New Zealand offensive

Angry Flyers Lounge-Jetstar’s New Zealand offensive

Jetstar’s entry into the NZ domestic market has so far been three weeks of picking fights with its customers. All the carrier has to do now to cap it off is to affix murals showing the underarm bowling incident to the cabin bulkheads. In the most recent reaction to the ill-will it has generated, Jetstar […]