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Announcements pending for Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia is expected to make the most of Sir Richard Branson’s ongoing visit to Australia by disclosing strategic decisions. The Virgin Group founder is in Australia for charity talks, announced Virgin’s eucalyptus biofuel project, and is having some mid-flight fun with toilet paper.Some announcements were due to be released late last week but were […]

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Virgin Australia has capability to use mobile phones in-flight

The antenna for the SAT-2200 avionics suite connects to AeroMobile’s connectivity service, which can support in-flight mobile phone usage. The antenna is encased under a radome near the tail. Virgin Australia’s newest Boeing 737-800s have been fitted with AeroMobile’s connectivity solution that supports in-flight voice calls, SMS, and GPRS (3G) data usage. Initially Virgin Australia […]

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Is Virgin Australia hiding that it has in-flight connectivity?

Recent Boeing 737-800 deliveries to Virgin Australia have been notable not for their all white scheme or new livery but rather a small hump on the rear crown of the fuselage that Virgin will not comment on what it is, such as a radome for connectivity to use mobile phones or Internet in-flight. See this […]

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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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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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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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Virgin Blue gears up for first Sky Interior 737

Boeing’s Sky Interior as seen as a Norwegian 737. Photo: Boeing Virgin soon-not-Blue’s first Boeing 737 with the Sky Interior is expected to arrive in Brisbane Tuesday morning, according to sources familiar with the matter. Virgin Blue took delivery of the aircraft, registered VH-YFC, last Friday. YFC bears an all white paint scheme and features […]

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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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