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    Asia-Pacific coronavirus crisis has clear winners and losers


    Asia-Pacific airlines continue to have a rough ride with coronavirus, but the crisis will place further airspace between stronger and weaker carriers.

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    Bain Capital and Cyrus Capital on Virgin Australia shortlist


    Bain Capital and Cyrus Capital Partners are on the final shortlist of potential buyers for Virgin Australia . “The next stage in this sale process begins today,” administrator Deloitte said on 2 June. Deloitte will facilitate engagement between the preferred bidders and business stakeholders in ...

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    India’s Indigo distances itself from shareholder move for Virgin Australia


    The parent of Indian carrier Indigo Airlines has distanced itself from a move by its biggest shareholder InterGlobe Enterprises expressing interest in Virgin Australia.

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    Branson to sell shares in Virgin Galactic to help troubled travel businesses


    Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is looking to sell some of its stake in Virgin Galactic to help raise proceeds to support its troubled leisure, holiday and travel businesses.

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    Airline Business podcast: What will industry look like when flying restarts?


    With talk in some regions turning to how airline markets might open up again as coronavirus cases peak, Graham and Lewis examine the current state of the industry and where it might be heading. Among the topics considered, they look at Virgin Australia’s demise and the moral hazard faced ...

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    Etihad open to ‘constructive’ talks on Virgin Australia restart


    Virgin Australia’s biggest shareholder Etihad Airways says dealing with the coronavirus impact on its own business meant it was unable to provide further funding to the carrier, but that it remains open to “constructive discussions” over its potential restart.

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    Loosened tie bolt assemblies behind Virgin Australia 737 wheel failure


    Virgin Australia has implemented new landing gear wheel inspection guidelines, following the failure of a main landing gear wheel on a Boeing 737-800. Releasing its final report into the 2017 incident, investigators from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) found that the number one main wheel ruptured because of ...

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    Virgin Australia cuts entire international network, halves domestic capacity


    Virgin Australia will suspend all international flights until June, and ground its entire widebody fleet, as it continues to reel from the impact of coronavirus outbreak. It will also cut domestic capacity by half until June, up from a previously announced cut of 5%. Virgin Australia states that ...

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    Virgin Australia cuts flights and suspends earnings guidance


    Virgin Australia , which describes itself as a “[predominantly] domestic airline”, has made further cuts to its international network. It now expects to reduce international capacity by 8% instead of 4.8% in the second half of 2020, and 10.3% in the first half of 2021. Over the same ...

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    Virgin Australia pursues lower cost base amid interim loss


    Virgin Australia is targeting annualised savings of A$125 million ($82.2 million), having slipped into a A$97 million net loss for the half-year period ended 31 December 2019. The net loss contrasts with a A$55 million net profit in the year-ago period, and the latest figures were subject to ...

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    Virgin Australia bows out of Hong Kong market


    Virgin Australia has decided to drop Hong Kong services, citing the ongoing civil unrest and the recent coronavirus outbreak. Following a “comprehensive review of the route”, the carrier will cease service on Sydney-Hong Kong from 2 March, after the previously announced suspension of Melbourne-Hong Kong from 11 February. ...

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    United 777, Virgin Australia ATR in Sydney airprox incident


    The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a loss of separation incident near Sydney Airport, involving a United Airlines Boeing 777-300ER and a Virgin Australia ATR 72. The incident took place on 22 January afternoon. During its initial climb, the United widebody, registered N2333U, turned right, resulting in ...

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    ANA expands Australian network with Virgin codeshare


    ANA has inked a commercial partnership agreement with Virgin Australia , a new entrant to the Australia-Japan sector. From 30 January, ANA will place its code on six domestic routes operated by Virgin, from Sydney to Brisbane, Melbourne, Cairns, Canberra, Gold Coast and Adelaide. The partners expect ...

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    Australian watchdog flags concerns over frequent flyer programmes


    Australia’s competition watchdog has expressed concern about airline frequent flyer programmes, flagging the potential for unfair pricing and anti-competitive practices.

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    Wrong speed, wind change caused ATR bad landing


    An incorrect landing speed coupled with a sudden change in wind direction caused the hard landing of a Virgin Australia ATR 72-600, causing substantial aircraft damage, say investigators in a final report on the incident.

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    Australian watchdog allows Virgin carriers to deepen ties


    The Australian competition watchdog has given its official approval for Virgin Australia to co-operate with Virgin Atlantic on flights between Australia and the UK and Ireland, via Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

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    Virgin Australia’s network changes optimise capacity


    Virgin Australia announced upcoming route changes, in line with its focus on disciplined capacity management.

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    Qantas dismisses 'alarmist' union call to ground 737s


    Qantas has hit back at its engineers' union's "alarmist" call to ground its entire fleet of Boeing 737-800s, after one of them was found to contain structural cracks.

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    Qantas and Virgin Australia set to share Haneda slots


    Qantas and Virgin Australia are set to split the two available daily slots recently made available for Australian carriers at Tokyo Haneda international airport.

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    Qantas and Virgin Australia in Haneda dogfight


    The appeal of slots at Tokyo Haneda International airport shows no signs of abating, with Australian carriers now following their US counterparts in battling it out for the two daily slots that were recently awarded to the country.