Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival wrap report

The 2014 Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s core program has come to a close, after a spectacular week of runway, beauty and business events.  Audiences were wowed by the likes of Camilla, Michael Lo Sordo, Sass & Bide, Carla Zampatti and many, many more, all showcasing their latest collections.

Virgin Australia Cabin Crew @ VAMFF

The festival’s theme of See.Feel.React focussed on making the events accessible to everyone, not just those in the fashion industry. The festival team hoped that the accessible nature of the events would allow visitors to embrace their interest in fashion and attend whichever event they desired. That didn’t stop the big name celebrities from attending, with Megan Gale & Eva Longoria being spotted in the front row at the Grand Showcase by Camilla.

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As the principal partner of the festival, our stylish Cabin Crew were on hand to welcome guests and ensure they had a fantastic experience. If you weren’t able to attend this year’s festival, we hope to see you at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival in 2015!

Head to vamff.com.au for more fashion festival info.

Front row @ VAMFF

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Sit back and relax in style at Virgin Australia lounges

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CoffeeVirgin Australia lounges are the perfect place to relax, work or catch up in comfort ahead of your flight.

Our lounges are located at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Cairns, Canberra, Mackay and Gold Coast airports, and are open 45 minutes before the first departure of the day until the last flight is called for boarding.

Lounge guests enjoy a delicious Luke Mangan designed buffet menu, our famous barista coffee, premium wine, complimentary wi-fi, access to TV news services, newspapers and a wide variety of magazines.

Our recently renovated Melbourne lounge also features an Espresso Bar and a Wine Bar which are popular among business and leisure travellers alike.

SHOT 03_100_CropTo join us in our lounges, you simply need to be an eligible member or guest, or the guest of one of our members.

Velocity Platinum members flying on Virgin Australia domestic services receive complimentary access before their flight with up to three guests. Velocity Gold members and Business Class guests also receive complimentary access and can be accompanied by one guest.

Silver members enjoy two single entry lounge passes which are valid for twelve months, while annual membership and single entry passes are available for purchase.

V_premium_entry_car_ext_UCRPT1We’re very proud that we were the first Australian airline to offer our guests curbside entry to a lounge. Sydney lounge Premium Entry and Premium Valet is available to Platinum and Gold members and Business Class guests. All Virgin Australia guests can access Premium Valet at Melbourne and Brisbane airports.

We hope to see you in our lounges soon!

http://www.virginaustralia.com/us/en/experience/at-the-airport/lounge

 

Brisbane Lounge

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Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Top 5 things you need to know about Velocity

Frequent flyer programs can seem confusing but there are so many benefits to being a Velocity member and we don’t want you to miss out.  To help you get your head around the program, we’ve broken it down. Here are the top 5 things you need to know about our award-winning program.

It’s free to join

Unlike other frequent flyer programs, it’s free to be a Velocity member. There is no join fee and no annual fee.

And it only takes a couple of minutes to become a member. All we need is your name, home address, contact details and security information to ensure your privacy is protected.

https://www.velocityfrequentflyer.com/content/ProgramBenefits/JoinNow/

Status Credits vs Points

Status Credits and Points are both earned on eligible flights but the main difference between the two is in the way they reward you.

Status Credits determine your level of membership within the Velocity program. There are four levels – Red, Silver, Gold or Platinum. The more Status Credits you earn, the higher your level and the more benefits you enjoy.

Points enable you to redeem for rewards including flights with Virgin Australia and our partner airlines. Reward Seats are available from 6,900 Points and upgrades to Business start at 4,900 Points (fees and taxes apply). You can also use your Points to redeem for travel extras such as car hire and hotel stays, as well as retail products through the Velocity Rewards Store.

You don’t have to be a frequent flyer

Even if you only fly once or twice a year, it’s worth being a Velocity member because you can still reap the benefits.

eStoreFacebook_FINALOne of the easiest ways to earn Velocity Points is through credit cards. Velocity co-branded credit cards are linked to your Account so you automatically earn on your everyday purchases such as groceries and entertainment. As you can imagine, it doesn’t take long for the Points to add up! You can also transfer Points to Velocity with most credit card providers and financial institutions offering a card which allows you to do so.

Another simple way to earn Points is through the Velocity eStore. Earn Points on purchases from over 150 retailers including as Apple, ASOS and StrawberryNet.com. We’re also the only frequent flyer program in Australia to offer access to international department stores including Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s.

Access to rewards

All your hard work deserves to be rewarded and with Velocity, it can be. We’ve been recognised for our great Reward Seat availability, meaning you’ve got more chance of getting the seats you want, when you want them.

Velocity was ranked the highest of all Asia Pacific Region programs for Overall Reward Availability in the Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey in 2013. The program was also recognised for the Best Redemption Ability in the Middle East/Asia/Oceania region airline category at the 2013 Freddie Awards.

Family benefits

VIR0604_13_0074_2012#1B5AAFAt Velocity, we understand how much your family means to you.

Our Family Pooling benefit allows you to pool your family members’ Status Credits into the one account. It means you can reach the next level of membership sooner. You can also pool your Points, allowing you to be rewarded faster. If you haven’t done so already, simply log into your Account and set up Family Pooling under My Benefits.

Parental Leave is another great benefit for families. If you’re expecting a new addition to the family, you can pause your Silver, Gold or Platinum membership for six months so you can pick up where you left off.

Friday, March 7th, 2014

VAMFF designer interview with Camilla

Ahead of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF), we asked world-renowned designer Camilla Franks, creator of Camilla, about the inspiration behind her latest collection, and what fans can expect from her during the Grand Showcase runway show on Wednesday, 19th March.

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What inspired your collection this year?

This season my AW Collection And God Created Woman was born from my inner voices and yearnings. It is a calling “To all the women with a little bit of crazy…”. I feel that as women we wear many “hats”. The collection has many exclusively designed and embellished prints that relate to each of these personas. All of these are a representation and illumination of my “psyches.” It’s a direct homage to my triumphs &   my struggles and an acceptance  of who I am- and all I can be.

What can people look forward to seeing?

In addition to our signature styles, we continue to evolve with new silhouettes – beautiful knits, and more fitted and streamlined silhouettes. The prints and embellishments are incredible and winter perfect.

The show will be big on impact & theatrics. We have Eva Longoria  sitting front row (it is the only show she will attend for the week!), we have an exciting live music collaboration and if that isn’t enough, an incredible, almost couture styled show.

What’s your favourite look in the collection?

How can I choose! It’s like picking your favourite child! I am particularly drawn to the War Of Inhibition story of prints- there is a strong Rock n Roll feel couped with my signature feminine soul. This print collection marks the point in my life where I let go of fear, judgement and embraced disorder- kind of like putting on a show really!

Why VAMFF?

This year we are celebrating ten years of CAMILLA and featuring in the Grand Showcase is the perfect way to kick off the celebrations! We have our successful Hawksburn store and will be opening a new boutique in the Emporium Centre in April, so it seemed like the perfect time to show in Melbourne with VAMFF & to connect with my Melbourne tribe.

Favourite travel location in the world? 

I am a global wanderer obsessed & inspired by the world, it’s people & cultures, nature. To name a few favourites…..My home Australia, India (my spiritual home), Peru, Vietnam, Mexico, America, Indonesia, China, Greece, Italy, Spain, Laos, Japan, Maldives, the Middle East.

India will always be my second home, the people, the culture, the sights & the sounds. It is so alive & vibrant.

 

The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival runs from 17-21 March. If you’d like to be there to see the latest from Camilla and many more top designers, Virgin Australia has a variety of holiday packages available. Check the Virgin Australia website for more details.

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Virgin Australia unveils new Melbourne lounge

We’re proud to officially unveil the new Virgin Australia Melbourne lounge, designed to enhance the travel experience for leisure and business travellers out of the Melbourne domestic terminal.

During the six-month transformation project, we’ve doubled the existing space in size to become the most expansive lounge in our network, and feature new service elements including a Wine Bar and an Espresso Bar.

 

Wine Bar at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Lounge

Wine Bar at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Lounge

 

In conjunction with the lounge, we’ve also launched our first Premium Valet service at Melbourne domestic airport, allowing guests to drop off their car seamlessly before their flight.

But we’re not done yet.

The Melbourne lounge experience will soon include its first ‘Premium Exit’ in July 2014. Located within the lounge, the dedicated security screening point will allow guests to move seamlessly to their departure gate. We know that time is of the essence for many travellers and we look forward to introducing this innovative service, allowing guests to save time and enjoy more of the lounge prior to their flight.

The 1209m2 lounge seats 604 guests and features:

  • All day-dining and barista service
  • Two meeting rooms
  • A Wine Bar, offering a premium selection of wine and beer
  • An Espresso Bar
  • Business services including complimentary Wi-Fi, power, PCs and printers
  • Entertainment options including newspapers, premium magazine titles; and 10 high-definition televisions featuring FOXTEL and free-to-air programming.

For more information on our lounge network, and to find out how to become a lounge member, please visit our website.

 

Virgin Australia Melbourne Lounge

Virgin Australia Melbourne Lounge

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Ten Years Flying Internationally

Virgin Australia is today celebrating 10 years of international flights. Our first international flight, DJ7 departed Christchurch, New Zealand at 11am on 29 January 2004 for Brisbane, Australia.

Passengers celebrating on board DJ7 on January 29th, 2004!
Passengers on board DJ7 from Christchurch to Brisbane in 2004. 

Since then, we’ve grown from one international route to over 400. Virgin Australia now operates services to 16 destinations internationally and through our strategic alliance partners, offer 386 codeshare and Interline destinations across the world. Over the past 10 years, we have operated over 100,000 international flights, carrying around 15 million passengers!

To coincide with this milestone, we’re pleased to announce eight new international codeshare services which include Seattle and Boston with Delta Air Lines; Zurich, Minsk, Medina and Rome with Etihad Airways and Athens and Brunei with Singapore Airlines[1].

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Thumbs up from the pilots on board DJ7. 

Ten Years Young

In celebration of  10 years of international flights, we have launched a 72 hour international sale from 29 January – 31 January 2014. Economy sale fares include Brisbane to Los Angeles return from $1,435, Melbourne to Fiji from $280 one way and Sydney to Auckland from $149 one way.

For full details of our sale fares, please visit www.virginaustralia.com

 

[1] All destinations and routes are subject to relevant government approvals.

 

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Velocity Inspired Adventures

At Velocity Frequent Flyer, we’re passionate about supporting the community and inspiring change  through travel.

That’s why we’re pleased to invite Velocity members to take part in an adventure of a lifetime to raise vital funds for youth at risk and Indigenous programs throughout Australia.

Velocity Inspired Adventures offer 15 unique experiences including trekking the Great Wall, cycling Cambodia and the temples of Angkor Wat and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

It’s an opportunity to explore exciting new destinations and experience cultures of the world, while supporting Australian charities including Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia, Black Dog Institute and Lifeline

This program seeks to raise over $1 million for Australian charities.

Through the program, Velocity members will:

Automatically qualify for a special reduced registration fee of $650, a saving of $120, when signing up for a Velocity Inspired Adventure;

Receive a $50 donation, paid directly to the member’s fundraising page, to help reach their fundraising target;

Have the opportunity to redeem Velocity Points to make a donation of $25 or $100 to any of the 15 supported charities via the Velocity Rewards Store.

 

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2014/2015 Velocity Inspired Adventures

 

Great Wall of China Trek

31 August – 11 September 2014

Charity: Camp Quality

http://inspiredadventures.com.au/CampQuality/China/

 

Kokoda Trek 

12– 22 September 2014

Charity: Lifeline Australia

www.inspiredadventures.com.au/lifeline/kokoda2014velocity

 

Orangutan Jungle Trek       

16 – 26 October 2014

Charity: Variety, the Children’s Charity

www.inspiredadventures.com.au/Variety/Sumatra

 

California National Park Cycle

4 – 15 September 2014

Charity: Black Dog Institute

www.inspiredadventures.com.au/BlackDog/california

 

Vanuatu Trek

6 – 13 September 2014

Charity: Oxfam

www.inspiredadventures.com.au/Oxfam/Vanuatu

 

Vietnam Hill Tribe Trek

5 – 16 November 2014

Charity: Kids Helpline

www.inspiredadventures.com.au/KidsHelpline/Vietnam

 

Queenstown Milford Cycle

29 November – 7 December 2014

Charity: Sir David Martin Foundation

www.inspiredadventures.com.au/SirDavidMartin/NZ

 

Climb Kilimanjaro

4 – 14 February 2015

Charity: Starlight Children’s Foundation

www.inspiredadventures.com.au/starlight/kilimanjaro

 

Cambodia Trek

7 – 15 March 2015

Charity: Oaktree

www.inspiredadventures.com.au/Oaktree/Cambodia2015

 

Northern Thailand Hill Trek

18 – 28 February 2015

Charity: Youth Off The Streets

www.inspiredadventures.com.au/YouthOffTheStreets/Thailand

 

Laos Trek

18 – 26 February 2015

Charity: Plan International Australia

www.inspiredadventures.com.au/plan/laos

 

Cambodia Cycle for Homeless Youth

18 – 28 February 2015

Charity: Brisbane Youth Service

www.inspiredadventures.com.au/BrisbaneYouthService/Cambodia

 

Jordan Cycle

28 February – 11 March 2015

Charity: Oasis Youth Support Network

www.inspiredadventures.com.au/oasis/jordan

 

Larapinta Trek

29 April – 5 May 2015

Charity: AIME

www.inspiredadventures.com.au/AIME/larapinta

 

Machu Picchu

21 March – 2 April 2015

Charity: Barnardos Australia

http://www.inspiredadventures.com.au/barnardos/peru/

 

Velocity Inspired Adventures places are limited. For more information and to register: http://inspiredadventures.com.au/velocity/

Velocity members who can’t take on an adventure but still wish to show their support can redeem Velocity Points to make a donation to the charity of their choice: http://virg.co/nq6vz

If you are not a Velocity member yet, you can join for free: https://www.velocityfrequentflyer.com/content/Joinfree

Don’t miss out on an experience of a lifetime. Apply today!

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

The Flying Maiden

The Flying Maiden was originally developed in the style of Alberto Vargas, a pinup artist of the 1940s whose work was famously emulated on the nose of many WWII aircraft.

She was then contemporised by brand design firm Hulsbosch for Virgin Australia.

She is the stylish guardian of your Virgin Australia experience whether flying between capital cities or between countries.

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The Flying Maiden is seen on the side of Virgin Australia aircraft, at our airport terminals and lounges around the country. Our partner airline, Virgin Atlantic also features its own version of the Flying Maiden, the Scarlet Lady, on its aircraft.

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When travelling with us, many of our guests enjoy taking photos of the Flying Maiden. Please share your photos with us on the Virgin Australia Facebook page, @virginaustralia on Twitter or #virginaustralia on Instagram.

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Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Christmas tips with Virgin Australia head chef Luke Mangan

This Christmas Eve, Virgin Australia head chef Luke Mangan has shared his Christmas Day cooking tips with us.

 

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Virgin Australia head chef Luke Mangan

 

When preparing a meal for guests, I like to cook a variety of sharing dishes – I put all the dishes in the middle of the table so everyone can help themselves to as little or as much as they like; it creates a nice atmosphere and interaction at the table and creates conversation. It also means that you don’t need to fuss over table settings and decorations as your food will be the centre of attention at the table.

 

Try to prepare as much as possible in advance so you aren’t stuck in the kitchen while all your guests are enjoying themselves and remember it’s okay to delegate, most people don’t like to turn up empty handed – if everyone brings one thing then it’s not a big job for anyone. If you are relaxed then your guests will be relaxed too.

 

Don’t be afraid to sway from the traditional Christmas lunch if you aren’t up for cooking a big Turkey. Australia provides the perfect climate for cold lunches and casual BBQs; think fresh prawns & salads, whole fish and pre- glazed ham

 

Try to cook things you have done before, keep it simple and don’t try to be too tricky – it is better to do a couple of simple things really well using good produce.

 

For drinks; chilled whites and roses are particularly good choices on Christmas day and go perfect with turkey, ham and seafood. But really it is all about what you like to drink. A big bowl of punch is always a winner for when family arrive, you can experiment with champagne, ginger, ales and fruit juices topped with fresh seasonal fruits and lots of ice – it’s really refreshing and not too heavy for a pre-lunch drink”

 

We’re getting into the spirit of Christmas Day too, offering guests flying Virgin Australia tomorrow a traditional turkey lunch and dinner service.

 

Turkey, stuffing and cranberry sandwiches in the Virgin Australia Brisbane lounge

Turkey, stuffing and cranberry sandwiches in the Virgin Australia Brisbane lounge

 

Merry Christmas from the Virgin Australia team.

 

www.lukemangan.com

 

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Get race ready at the new Sydney lounge

We’re celebrating the official launch of our new flagship Sydney lounge by offering race-goers a unique Melbourne Cup Carnival Hat Valet service.

As travellers head south for the “race that stops a nation”, porters will be on standby in the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup to offer eligible guests a personalised Hat Valet service, ensuring premium handling of the most important part of any race day outfit.

A range of pre-flight pampering options will also be offered including blow-dries, make-up kits by Model Co and a shoe-shining service, all designed to ensure guests arrive ready for the race.

The special service will be exclusively available in Virgin Australia’s newly transformed Sydney domestic lounge. The flagship lounge now stretches across two levels, welcomes up to 500 guests and features unique design elements including illuminated bars and curved glass privacy screens.

The service will be exclusively offered in the premium kerbside entrance of Virgin Australia’s new Sydney domestic lounge to Business Class guests, Velocity Platinum, Gold, lounge members and alliance lounge eligible guests.

The Hat Valet service will allow eligible guests with carry-on baggage to check-in their hat box straight from the lounge, enabling them to skip the terminal. Porters will hand-deliver the hat boxes to the aircraft. Upon arrival into Melbourne, the hat boxes will be personally returned to the guest.

The service will be available at the following times:

Hat Valet:

Thursday 31 October – 12.00pm – 2.35pm

Friday 1 November – 8.00am – 12.35pm

Saturday 2 November –Tuesday 5 November – 7.00am – 11.35am

Shoe-shining:

Thursday 31 October – 12.00pm – 2.00pm

Friday 1 November – Tuesday 5 November – 7.00am – 11.00am

Blow-Dries:

Saturday 2 November – 7.00am – 11.00am

Tuesday 5 November – 7.00am – 11.00am