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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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A look at what’s next for Virgin & Delta following US anti-trust approval

Key changes to the proposed anti-trust alliance between Delta and Virgin Blue (now Australia) convinced the US Department of Transportation to overnight tentatively approve the alliance for five years, saying the two carriers “have made every effort to achieve efficiency-enhancing integration at the outset”.  Virgin now has the icing on its cake, to invoke a […]

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V Australia & Delta detail trans-Pacific capacity commitment

V Australia and Delta have submitted to US Department of Transportation details of their capacity commitment on the trans-Pacific market. The two carriers had previously announced their intention not to cut flights in an effort to quell DOT concerns their pending joint-venture would not be anti-consumer.Under their commitment, V Australia and Delta would maintain at […]

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Virgin Blue to charter Air NZ 747 for disrupted schedule

Virgin Blue will charter a Boeing 747-400 from Air New Zealand “to maintain schedule integrity” following one of its 777-300ER aircraft being grounded in Los Angeles with an engine problem, a spokesman says.The Air NZ 747 will operate today from Australia to Los Angeles and then make the return journey. The spokesman could not say […]

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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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Virgin Blue’s US-Canada codeshare with Delta gives clues to Delta-V strategy

A line of three Delta Boeing 767-400s parked at London Heathrow’s T4. Photograph: AirSpace user Allan The Canadian Transportation Agency this month has approved a three year agreement for V Australia to codeshare on Delta’s flights between the United States and Canada.The approval is for Delta flights operated by the Atlanta-based carrier or its regional […]

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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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What’s Virgin Blue’s plan for Canada?

Vancouver airport: a V Australia destination? Photograph: AirSpace user WildAir While going through some old notes, I found one of interest from Virgin Blue’s AGM last November.A shareholder asked if Canada was on Virgin’s radar.Chief executive John Borghetti responded: Absolutely Canada is in the plan but we have got the alliance with Delta. I think […]

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V Australia dropped Koito for 777 economy seats

Koito economy seats on V Australia’s 777-300ER VH-VOZ. When V Australia took delivery last November of its fifth and, at present, final Boeing 777-300ER, the aircraft’s cabin had one subtle but major difference: a new economy seat.VH-VPH featured economy class seats from Recaro, whereas V Australia’s first four 777s (all delivered in 2009) had economy […]

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With Oprah’s help Qantas overtakes high-rolling junket title from V Australia

In this installment of quirky news, the queen of daytime TV in America may have given away cars to her audience, but for the start of her 25th and final season, Oprah Winfrey teamed up with Qantas to fly “over 300 of Oprah’s most loyal viewers” to Australia in December for an eight-day, all expenses […]

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