Archive | February, 2011

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Air India’s Melbourne saga continues

Landing at Delhi airport is an Air India A330, the aircraft the carrier could use to start a service to Melbourne. Photograph: AirSpace user Jimster Air India’s on-again, off-again saga of serving Australia via a service to Melbourne continues this week with a Melbourne airport spokeswoman saying it is a question of when and not […]

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Photos: Virgin Blue unveils new uniform

Here are some early photos from today’s uniform unveiling at Westfield Sydney. As Wings Down Under reported earlier in the week, the uniforms have much resemblance to Virgin Atlantic’s uniforms. Females get knee-length cherry red dresses or skirts (not too tight, ahem Virgin Atlantic) and loose white blouses, both complemented with a thin black belt. The […]

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No love between Virgins for Oz-Hong Kong flights

This marketing image was frequently used at the time of V Australia’s launch in February 2009 to promote closeness between the two carriers, but cooperation should no be expected between the two if V Australia enters the Australia-Hong Kong market. Photo: James Morgan/Virgin Blue. Virgin Atlantic will not warmly welcome V Australia if the Virgin […]

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Comment: Former Virgin Blue PR executives to sue airline

On the eve of the start of John Borghetti’s re-launch of Virgin Blue, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers have announced they will “soon commence Federal Court action” on behalf of two former Virgin Blue public relations executives who say they were wrongfully dismissed shortly after Borghetti took office. Here is what you need to know: this is […]

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What will Virgin Blue announce this week?

This Wednesday has been tooted as a very historical day for the Virgin Blue Group. Besides the group’s half-annual results, what might we hear? Here are some possibilities. New uniform. All but guaranteed: flight attendants have picked up their uniforms, signed confidentiality agreements, and will start wearing the uniform on 23 February, the same day […]

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Borghetti adds flair with new Virgin Blue uniforms

Virgin Blue’s new uniforms–to be unveiled at a fashion catwalk in the Westfield Sydney shopping centre on 23 Feb, the same day crews start wearing the new uniform–show chief executive John Borghetti is not ditching that flaunted Virgin flair but adding more, and in a sophisticated manner, as the carrier chases corporate market share. Project […]

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Qantas prepared to wait for commercial settlement with Rolls-Royce

Photograph: AirSpace user flyer1 Qantas is prepared to wait to reach a commercial settlement with Rolls-Royce for recuperating costs from a November uncontained Trent 900 engine failure on a Qantas Airbus A380 aircraft, chief financial officer Gareth Evans says in Sydney.“We want to reach the right commercial settlement for Qantas and we’ll take the time […]

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Qantas’s damaged A380 to return to service this year #QF32

Photograph: AirSpace user Orville The Qantas Airbus A380 aircraft damaged last November during an uncontained Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine failure on flight QF32 will return to service this calendar year, chief executive Alan Joyce says in Sydney. “We’ll be in the air by the end of the year with that aircraft,” Joyce says. He cautions, […]

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Virgin Blue preparing to introduce Panasonic’s Red IFE system?

Virgin Blue’s 737 victor uniform yankee received a lot of attention for its AFL promotional livery, but its interior is more fascinating.Where a PTV should be is a nice big gray plastic cover to hide the hole behind (above). How is this plastic fantastic?The cover’s proportions are much more rectangular than square, the traditional shape […]

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In transcon showdown, Qantas ditches unpopular business class and introduces more wide-body service

Photograph: Yannick Delamarre. As the transcon Australian market heats up with Virgin Blue’s forthcoming A330 services, Qantas today announced major upgrades to its transcon operation by increasing capacity by 15%, or 4300 seats a week into and out of Perth, removing its unpopular 2-3-2 business configuration, and deploying more premium, wide-body aircraft. In doing so, […]

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