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Are these Virgin Australia’s new A330 business class seats?

Half-way through a promotional video interview with Virgin Australia creative director and livery designer Hans Hulsbosch, the film crew turn their cameras to computer screens depicting the uniform manual, livery design, lounge layout, and a set of business class seats.But the business class seats shown–screen captured above from the video’s 1:28 mark–are not seats installed […]

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Woe to Qantas as reviewer inadvertently praises Virgin Australia

Poor Qantas Group. Someone, PR or reviewer, tries to make a joke but only ends up praising Virgin Australia. First there was Jetstar and seat colours and now it is espresso.The Sun-Herald review of Qantas’ (over-hyped) 747 service to Perth concludes: Sky Report’s only black mark was our flight attendant’s (albeit gentle) mocking when we […]

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Crunch time for V Australia as 777 seats face mandatory removal

Koito economy seats on V Australia’s 777-300ER VH-VOZ. These Koito seats and others worldwide face removal for possibly being unsafe.  V Australia this morning joins 42 airlines around the world considering their next steps after the Federal Aviation Administration issued an airworthiness directive overnight for airlines to determine if their passenger seats meet safety specifications […]

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Trip report: what the Qantas spy would have gleaned from Virgin’s A330 business class service

As hard as I tried, I could not identify the Qantas “spy” on Virgin Australia’s first Airbus A330 flights, although I have my suspicious (I’m looking at you, woman in the gray suit). Failing a firsthand conversation with the spy (or spies–Qantas dispatched managers to economy and business class), here is what I think the […]

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Jetstar’s seat colour joke an accolade to Virgin Australia

This edition of quirky news is courtesy of Jetstar’s press release today announcing its new a la carte fare structure. Commenting on the ability to pick an assortment of offerings, the release quotes Jetstar chief executive Bruce Buchanan saying: “You can choose almost everything but the seat colour.”It was a spin on Henry Ford’s classic […]

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Air NZ and Virgin Australia plan product integration

Air New Zealand is planning for its four-tiered “Seats to Suit” product and fare structure to serve as the model of its integrated product offering with trans-Tasman joint-venture partner Virgin Australia. “While the product names might be different, the range of product offerings will be relatively similar between the two airlines,” ANZ chief executive Rob […]

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Safety concerns may delay Virgin Blue A330 services

A series of concerns from air safety regulator the Civil Aviation Safety Authority may delay Virgin Blue’s 26 May introduction of its A330-200 aircraft featuring business class to better compete with Qantas and achieve higher yields.Last week one of the aircraft’s crew failed a line check, a formal test of airmanship measured against regulations, and […]

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Jetstar’s Pinnacle seat retrofit good news for passengers

Jetstar passengers will be sure to notice a cabin retrofit the carrier will begin later this year.The carrier plans to retrofit half of its A320 fleet with B/E Aerospace’s Pinnacle seat, as we reported earlier today. The Pinnacle seat has relocated the “literature pocket” (where the in-flight magazine, safety card, and air sickness bag are […]

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Photos: Virgin Blue’s new Sky Interior 737 revealed

Virgin Blue’s (Australia’s?) first Sky Interior Boeing 737 aircraft, VH-YFC, entered commercial service this weekend and photos are already coming in.Photos of the all-economy 180 seat aircraft depict a simple and nondescript gray and black leather interior, a sharp departure from the carrier’s current bright blue and red seats. Even the carrier’s forthcoming A330 aircraft […]

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V Australia passengers may be happy, but Etihad codeshare passengers aren’t

Etihad’s business class: what Etihad passengers aren’t finding on V Australia. It was curious to read a press release extolling how V Australia has topped Roy Morgan Research’s latest Airline Satisfaction Report. The survey found V Australia passengers are 91% “very” or “fairly” satisfied, which is ahead of stalwarts like Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, […]

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