Virgin Australia Outline Recovery Plan Operating Only Boeing 737s

Virgin Australia is emerging from the ashes of its April collapse. After a sale and restructuring process, the airline has just announced its future plans. Many changes were anticipated, but some are surprising as well. However, all of this is to create a stronger, more profitable and competitive airline.

Virgin Australia has announced its plans for the future. Photo: Getty Image

Virgin Australia tells its future

In a statement released on Wednesday morning, Sydney Time, Virgin Australia said;

“Virgin Australia aims to be the best value carrier in the market, not a low cost carrier. It will provide an extraordinary experience at great value regardless of the purpose of the trip.

“Virgin Australia will continue to provide choice and convenience through an extensive network of domestic and short-haul international destinations, including frequent capital connections and services to the leisure and regional markets as part of the company’s future network plan.

“Our initial focus will be on investing in core Virgin Australia domestic and short-haul international operations with our 10 million member strong Velocity frequent flyer program, which continues to offer a comprehensive network of destination, a domestic lounge network and value for money Will keep Customers. “

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Maintaining an extensive network and offering good value is part of the new Virgin Australia offer. Photo: Getty Image

TigerAir axed, fleet returned to Boeing 737

As expected, Virgin Australia will return to an all Boeing 737 fleet. The airline will remove ATR, 777, A310 and A320 from its fleet. Overall, it reduces the fleet by 28 aircraft. All but four Boeing 777s are rented. 79 Boeing 737-800s are still on the books. Many believe that the 737 number will also be trimmed at a future point. Virgin Australia today confirmed that the 737 will operate with a two-tier cabin offering.

Regarding the order of the 48 737 MAXs, Virgin Australia had continued simple flight discussions with Boeing and no updates are available.

The future of Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (VARA) remains under a cloud. Virgin Australia says they are reviewing their options and examining various operating models. The future of Tigerair Australia is less uncertain. Virgin Australia has confirmed that Tiger will get the ax, stating that there was not enough demand in the market to support the two brands. However, they plan to keep the air operator’s certificate so that circumstances may change in the future.

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The Tigerair brand will vanish from the skies of Australia. Photo: Getty Image

Virgin Australia wants to fly long

Virgin Australia says international long haul operations will remain an important part of the business. But given the current environment, the airline does not plan to resume international flights anytime soon. But he clearly showed a reference interest in maintaining flights to Los Angeles and Tokyo. However, with Virgin Australia unloading its long-haul A330 and Boeing 777 aircraft, a new question arises – which aircraft will they use to operate any long haul flights?

3,000 jobs will go to Virgin Australia

Meanwhile, around 3,000 jobs are scheduled to go to Virgin Australia. All entitlements will be paid in full. Approximately 6,000 employees will keep their jobs, and the airline hopes to add 2,000 more employees in the short term in the medium-term future. The CEO of Virgin Australia, Paul Scurrah, today called it a difficult decision;

“Our people have shown incredible resilience in difficult situations. This is why Virgin Australia separated the group and made it so unique. We hope to welcome many of them to grow again in the future. “

In other news, Virgin Australia confirmed it would consolidate its Brisbane headquarters in South Brisbane, away from its longtime headquarters in Bowen Hills. In welcome news, the airline will upgrade its digital platform, including its long-criticized website. The digital upgrade will include the Velocity frequent flyer program.

Virgin Australia is currently flying a timetable to 28 destinations around Australia. The airline says it plans to add more flights and destinations as the economic situation and travel demand improves. Meanwhile, Virgin Australia has returned from the dead.