Posts Tagged ‘virgin Australia’

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Tips for travelling with children

The Easter break and school holidays are a wonderful time to go on a family holiday. Perhaps you’re a little concerned about flying with children, and wondering how to keep them occupied during the flight. As well as making sure they’re well hydrated, get a good night sleep before flying and have boiled lollies to suck on to assist with changes in cabin pressure, here are a few other ways to make your flight as smooth as possible.

 

Wireless in-flight entertainment

Let’s face it, watching in-flight movies is a great way to pass the time and keep the kids entertained. Our Wireless in-flight entertainment is available on the majority of our domestic and international fleet, and can be accessed using your personal mobile device via our free Entertainment app for iOS and Android. This is an easy way to use multiple devices during your flight, so that the whole family can watch the latest movies, music, TV shows and much more!

 

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High Flyer passports

We’ve recently launched the ‘High Flyer’ passport, exclusively for children aged 10 and under. Before boarding each flight, young travellers can show their passport at the check-in counter to receive a stamp to remember their flight with us. These are sure to put a smile on the faces of our younger passengers, and have them sharing the news of their adventures with friends once they return home. High Flyer passports are available at all domestic check-in counters.

 

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We look forward to welcoming you and your family on board soon.

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Travel the world with Velocity Frequent Flyer

At Velocity, we connect you to the world.

Through our expansive global network, Velocity members can earn and redeem on travel to Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and beyond.

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Throughout the journey, you’ll earn Velocity Points and Status Credits on eligible flights with Virgin Australia and our international airline partners.  You can also redeem your Points to travel to almost 600 destinations around the world.

We are proud to partner with some of the world’s best airlines:

  • Air Berlin
  • Air New Zealand
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Etihad
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Silk Air
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Virgin America
  • Virgin Atlantic

Want to live it up in the Big Apple? Fly direct from Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne to Los Angeles with Virgin Australia and connect to New York City with our partner Delta Air Lines. Velocity members earn a minimum 120 Status Credits and 9,631 Velocity Points on a return Brisbane to New York trip.

Or dreaming of London? Take off from Sydney to Abu Dhabi with Virgin Australia and then on to London with our partner Etihad. Velocity members can travel Sydney to London one way from 62,500 Velocity Points plus taxes and fees.

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Our earn table is easy to understand with members receiving the same number of Status Credits on Virgin Australia and our major airline partners. To see how many Status Credits and Points you’ll earn on flight: http://virg.co/TmFi8.

We’ve been recognised for our reward seat availability in the Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey and  Freddie Awards in 2013. To find out how many Points you need to redeem flights for a trip, click here: http://virg.co/Qu1RP.

Not sure where to stay? Velocity members earn Points at over 285,000 hotels in over 37,000 cities worldwide. Make a booking through Agoda or directly with the hotel partner. You can also redeem your Points for a stay at one of 75,000 providers across 180 countries with Virgin Australia Holidays.

And need a hire car? Earn 3 Velocity Points for every $1 spent on bookings with Hertz, Thifty and Europcar within Australia and New Zealand and 800 Points per hire outside Australia and New Zealand. Redemptions are also available with Europcar. over 37,000 cities worldwide. Make a booking through Agoda or directly with the hotel partner. You can also redeem your Points for a stay at one of 75,000 providers across 180 countries with Virgin Australia Holidays.

With Velocity, the world is at your feet!

If you’re not already a Velocity member, it’s free and easy to join: http://virg.co/ONAem

 

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Giving back to AFL in WA

We’re proud to announce that we’ve become the Official Airline of the Fremantle Football Club and the Premier Partner and Official Airline of the West Coast Eagles for the next five years.

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As part of our ongoing commitment to WA, we’ve also unveiled a unique ‘give-back’ program designed to deepen the support between fans and clubs. From today, we’ll be giving $10 back to clubs for every flight taken by Velocity Frequent Flyer members who register their club preference during the 2014 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.

This allows Dockers and Eagles fans to support their club every time they fly with us during the 2014 season at no extra cost, so we’d love to see our Velocity members get involved!

To be a part of the give-back program, simply sign-up to Velocity Frequent Flyer for free at www.velocityfrequentflyer.com/westcoasteagles or www.velocityfrequentflyer.com/fremantle.

If you’re already a Velocity member, you can register your support for your chosen club at www.velocityfrequentflyer.com.

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On top of giving back to their club, we’ll also be rewarding the WA Velocity Frequent Flyer fans that fly the most during the season, with an exclusive seat on board a charter flight from Perth to the AFL Grand Final, including tickets to the game and accommodation at Accor Hotels.

Show your support for you club by registering at the links above. Once registered, the more you fly, the more we give-back!

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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.

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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Four legs. 300 Points.

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We know pets are part of the family and in an Australian-first Velocity Frequent Flyer members can earn Points for travelling with a cat or dog on a Virgin Australia domestic flight.

Breaking new ground in the loyalty space, from July, Velocity members can now earn 300 Points each time their dog or cat flies on Virgin Australia’s expansive domestic network. Silver, Gold and Platinum members will also receive a special Points bonus.

This new initiative was launched by Velocity Frequent Flyer Chief Executive Officer Neil Thompson, joined by celebrity vet and animal lover, Dr Chris Brown at Sydney Airport.

Velocity Frequent Flyer has launched a nation-wide search to find an official pet ambassador for the program. Over the coming 4 weeks, Australians are invited to enter their cat or dog into the competition via Facebook. Visit Velocity Frequent Flyer’s Facebook page for instructions. The chosen pet will receive the title of ‘Velocity Pet Ambassador’, will be featured in future Velocity marketing campaigns and will receive a Velocity pet gift pack.

To find out more about the pet program, visit http://www.velocityfrequentflyer.com/pets

World Environment Day

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Virgin Australia sponsors the 2012 World Environment Day Awards

We are delighted to share the news with you that for the third year running, Virgin Australia will support the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards.

The awards, which coincide with the UNEP World Environment Day, which is held on June 5th annually, recognise innovative and outstanding environmental programs and initiatives from across Australia.

This year, we will be sponsoring the Community Award, which will be awarded to an Australian individual, organisation or business who is actively promoting species, habitats or the environment in their local area. The Award is open to land, waterways and coastal/marine environment based projects.

If you or someone you know is going above and beyond to protect their local environment, you can nominate now by simply filling in the entry form, available here.

Nominations are open nationally until Wednesday 9 May 2012 and the winner will be announced at the World Environment Day Awards presentation dinner, which will be held on Friday 8th June at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne.

Stayed tuned to the Virgin Australia blog for further updates on the World Environment Day Awards.

 

Virgin Australia’s Sustainability Manager, David White presenting the 2011 Virgin Australia Business World Environment Day Award to the Fridge Buyback Program team, which came up with an innovative and energy efficient plan to manage old, unused fridges.

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Friday, April 6th, 2012

Any Game Anywhere

In the realm of sport nothing quite shouts Australia, is as innately ‘True Blue’, or as characteristically ‘Occa’ as the AFL.

A game so different to other disciplines grouped under the ‘football’ moniker, the AFL was invented in Melbourne in the mid-19th century out of the desire for a winter off-sport. What started out as a match between two school-boy teams has grown into one of Australia’s favourite sports – supported by millions of face-paint wearing, team song chanting, jersey sporting die-hard fans.

Virgin Australia is proud to be one of these ardent fans, so much so that we’ve join forces with the code to become the “official airline of the AFL”. Our partnership has us following this year’s game results and teams with unrivalled passion.

We were there when Fremantle defender, Michael Johnson came good on his promise to make up for his lacklustre 2011 season. We witnessed Melbourne break convention, when they presented jumpers to their debutants in a huddle on the ground instead of in the rooms. We applauded West Coast’s forward Josh Kennedy as he booted goal after goal to help the Eagles secure a 49-point win over the Western Bulldogs.  And we joined with the nation to pay our respect for AFL champion Jim Stynes when he lost his battle with cancer.

As round two gets well underway and the league gears up for round three, we have launched – in conjunction with the AFL Event Office and Blue Holidays – our Any Game Anywhere initiative.

Any Game Anywhere is a simple, fully customised website that enables AFL fans to choose their favourite team and destination, and book game tickets, airfares and accommodation all in a few easy steps.

Virgin Australia Group Executive of Commercial, Liz Savage, said “We are very proud to be the official airline of the AFL, and Virgin Australia is excited to offer AFL fans a range of tailor made packages through this innovative new site. With the convenience of additional flights, more often, we are committed to getting fans to any game anywhere in the country”.

AFL General Manager – Commercial Operations, Darren Birch said, “Any Game Anywhere footy packages are available for all games throughout the 2012 Toyota AFL Premiership Season along with 2012 Toyota AFL Finals Series. The Any Game Anywhere site is dedicated to the AFL code providing an interactive platform for fans, hosting a load of AFL content and news to keep fans updated on their team.”

Take the hassle out of planning your AFL weekend away… All packages include airfares, accommodation and a ticket to the game.

Virgin Australia operates flights direct to the birthplace of AFL, Melbourne, daily from all state capital cities and some major regional ports.

Our holiday program, Blue Holidays in conjunction with Tourism Victoria, also has a range of AFL packages on offer, from $324* per person.

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines Codeshare Services Are Now in Flight

Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines Codeshare Services Are Now in Flight

We have just announced the next phase of our alliance with Singapore Airlines: the start of codeshare services on Singapore Airlines flights to Asia and beyond.

Virgin Australia guests can now book and travel on codeshare flights to Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Cape Town, Johannesburg and London.

Over the next few months, codeshare services to other destinations including India, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand and Indonesia will also be made available.

These announcements follow the launch of reciprocal frequent flyer recognition last year and the start of Singapore Airlines’ codeshare on Virgin Australia domestic flights last month.

Virgin Australia Group Executive of Alliances, Network and Yield Merren McArthur said: “Over the past few months we have been working closely with Singapore Airlines to ensure we provide a seamless first-rate travel experience for our guests. As a result of our new alliance, Virgin Australia guests will be able to travel from all over Australia to destinations throughout Asia and beyond on a single ticket.

“The alliance also enables eligible Members of Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem frequent flyer Points and Status Credits on Singapore Airlines operated flights and provides access for eligible guests to Singapore Airlines lounges across the globe”, Ms McArthur said.

In celebration of our new codeshare services, Virgin Australia is offering special fares*, including:

 

* Sale fares are on sale until 05 April 2012. Fares are correct as at 29 March 2012. Fares are per person return and inclusive of taxes and charges. Conditions apply; please see www.virginaustralia.com for further information.

Surf Life Saving Australia partnership with Virgin Australia

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Virgin Australia And Surf Life Saving Australia Join Forces To Promote Surf Safety This Summer

Australian beaches. Sun, surf, beach towels, lifesavers…Virgin Australia Cabin Crew? If you were at Coogee beach this morning, you may have been surprised to see this unlikely mix.

Rest assure – you weren’t seeing things; this morning’s events marked the beginning of an exciting new partnership. From today, Virgin Australia is the new official airline of Surf Life Saving Australia. Together, we will be raising awareness about the importance of surf safety for international and domestic tourists on our beaches. Read more »

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Friday, January 20th, 2012

Virgin Australia Lounge Menu Updated To Begin 2012

We’ve heard from our frequent flyers that more hot food would be appreciated in our Lounges

In addition to the toasties, soups, salads, themed meal and pass-around pizza and cocktails pies (5-7pm), you can now enjoy a hot dog, curry, or Mexican feast. A sample of what’s on offer (Sydney lounge dinner menu) follows:

Luke Mangan self-service Hot Dogs

Pass arounds 5-7pm – mozzarella pizza, lamb and rosemary mini-pies; minestrone soup; Israeli cous cous, Thai noodle, potato with sour cream and herbs salads; make your own Greek salad – meatballs, tzatiki, Greek salad (no feta), marinated feta cheese, pita pocket, Mexican cantina – chickpea & chorizo, tortillas, avocado dip, sour cream, corn chips, caramel slice, and a cheese plate. While hot dogs are on Melbourne’s menu, and curry is in Brisbane.

This has of course been designed by our chef, Luke Mangan! Read more »