Do You Know Virgin Australia Airlines
Author: Australis Gifts Date Posted:18 November 2019
Virgin Australia Airlines commenced services in August 2000 as Virgin Blue and initially flew a low cost service between Brisbane and Sydney. Re-branded in 2011 as Virgin Australia the airline is headquartered in Brisbane, Queensland and employs 10,620 (in 2019) employees. Virgin Australia is the second largest airline in Australia after Qantas. Virgin Australia Holdings Limited is listed on the Australian stock exchange and major shareholders include Etihad Airways (21%), Nanshan Group (20% , a Chinese investor), Singapore Airlines (20%), HNA Group (19.9% , a Chinese investor) and Virgin Group (10%, of Sir Richard Branson fame). Virgin Australia owns Tiger Australia Airways - a low cost carrier, and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines - serving regional centres in Australia.
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Virgin Australia has a fleet of six Airbus A330, two Boeing 737-700, seventy eight Boeing 737-800, and five Boeing 777-300 aircraft. The airline has on order twenty five Boeing 737-MAX10 and twenty three Boeing 737-MAX 8 aircraft. Five of the airline's 737NG aircraft are being retro-fitted with split scimitar winglets that reduce drag and will save Virgin Australia approximately 200,000 litres of fuel each year per aircraft.
As well as flying to major cities and regional centres in Australia Virgin Australia also flies to Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby), Indonesia (Bali), New Zealand, Fiji (Nadi), the Pacific Islands (Cook Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu), Hong Kong, and the United States (Los Angeles). From March 2020 flights will commence between Brisbane and Tokyo (Haneda) in Japan.
In September 2019 the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) gave the green light for Virgin Australia to partner further with Virgin Atlantic on services between Australia and the United Kingdom. The improved partnership will allow Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic passengers to fly one stop between Australia and the United Kingdom via Hong Kong or Los Angeles (USA). The partnership agreement also allows passengers to fly around the world on Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic aircraft.
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