Virgin Australia

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

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Thursday, September 26th, 2013

AFL Premierships are hard to win

Unless of course your name is Joel Selwood from the Geelong FC or Jonathan Brown from Brisbane Lions FC or you played for Hawthorn, Sydney, the West Coast Eagles, Port Adelaide, Collingwood or Essendon in the last 10 years. 

History tells us that these clubs have all shared that ‘Premiership winning feeling’ in recent years with the likes of Geelong & Brisbane winning 3 flags each.

In the history of the VFL/AFL, playing for any of Carlton, Richmond, Essendon, Hawthorn, Melbourne, and North Melbourne would have given you a good chance of playing in a flag, not so much playing for the Bulldogs or the Saints.

What history also tells us is there are a lot of us former VFL/AFL Players walking the earth who have not played in a Premiership. I will forever and a day be introduced or identified as ‘former AFL player Justin Peckett as opposed to former AFL & Premiership Player Justin Peckett. I had my chance, but along with the team I was playing in we were not good enough on the day to achieve the ultimate glory of an AFL Premiership 

In 1997, I was playing for the St.Kilda FC and we played in the Grand Final against the Adelaide Crows. The Saints had been in the competition for well over 100 years and up until that stage had only won one Premiership. That was a famous win by a single point against Collingwood in 1966. Adelaide on the other hand had only been in the AFL competition for about 7 years. Obviously no one told them about earning their stripes!

As a footballer one of the most exhilarating things you can do is run out onto the MCG on Grand Final Day in front of 100,000 people. It’s what I had dreamed of as a 9 year old boy and  St. Kilda supporter at the beginning my junior footy career.  

The build-up is huge, particularly in Melbourne as the whole city gets wrapped up in Grand Final fever. Given St.Kilda’s history of underperforming we were sentimental favourites plus the whole Victorian versus South Australia tribal mentality added to the weight of expectation. The Saints would win, so everyone thought. 

The weather gets warmer, the grass looks great, the crowds at training are huge, increased media interest, people off the street are wishing you well, and players discuss where they will put their Premiership tattoo. You can’t help but get caught up in the groundswell of support and most of all; expectation. 

My ‘97 Grand Final experience started out as a truly amazing experience and by 5pm it ended in disaster and tears. The Crows had beaten us to win their first Premiership.

At the time I was 25 with another 8 years of footy in front of me and naively at the time I thought we would get another crack at it. Unfortunately for me when I retired at the end of 2006, the Saints had not played in another Grand Final.

Up until 1997 I had never been to an AFL Grand Final, as a player or spectator and I’ve never been to one since. I have never watched a replay of the ‘97 Grand Final and when people want to discuss the game with me I tend to switch off as it brings back challenging memories. It still hurts to know that I had a chance but did not take it; it hurts to watch other teams win them. I’m jealous of the joy it brings, the elation, relief & satisfaction that Premiership glory brings. 

For the past 15years, I have put on a Grand Final BBQ for my mates to help keep me distracted.  I tend to the barbie and make sure my guests are well hydrated,   I avoid the big screen as much as possible.

I am softening though, as my kids get older I find myself getting caught up in their excitement for Grand Final Day. They tell me I need to get over myself and they’re right. Virgin Australia just announced a new five year partnership with the AFL and that made me think, five years is a long time in AFL, maybe even the Saints could make a Grand Final appearance in that time, or maybe not.

To date, the Saints have had just over 1560 players put on the famous Red White & Black jumper yet only 20 players are Premiership Players.  That’s an exclusive club! This is despite recent Grand Final appearances in 1997, 2009, 2010 and seven Grand Finals in total.

I think I’m up to watching this year’s Grand Final but I might still have to look away when the victors are receiving their well earn’t medals.

It must be the most amazing experience to be introduced to the massive crowd to receive your Premiership Medal and then walk back to high five your teammates knowing you are now a part of history.

 

May the best team win, 


Justin Peckett 

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Friday, August 30th, 2013

National Hoodie Day 2013

Virgin Australia proudly supports the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) – a mentoring program that partners university students in one-to-one mentoring relationships with Indigenous Australian high school students.

Their dynamic educational program gives Indigenous high school students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to finish school at the same rate as their peers. A number of the Virgin Australia team offer their time to mentor high school and university students as they venture through their educational path.

Today, 30 August AIME celebrates National Hoodie Day. To get involved, purchase an AIME hoodie to help support the work they do to help ‘do better tomorrow’.

Get involved and visit aimementoring.com

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

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

A new dawn for flying to Canberra

Today was an exciting day for our airline as we heralded a new standard in flying to and from our nation’s capital.

Just in time for Canberra’s 100th birthday, we opened the doors to our brand new lounge.

The 300m² space offers sweeping views across the tarmac and exclusive design elements including Marblo bars, natural stone flooring, Walter Knoll chairs and a gourmet menu designed by renowned Australian chef Luke Mangan.

The lounge is located within the new state-of-the-art ‘Airvolution’ terminal, enabling a seamless journey from our check-in desks to new departure gates.

We have also completed the refurbishment program on board our Embraer E190 fleet, which fly to Canberra from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

This means that our guests can now enjoy a refreshed on board experience. This includes our new Business Class, which features luxury leather seats, a newly configured seating design with a 2:1 layout, gourmet menu options and coat-check service, complemented by the best of service.

We fly to the highest number of destinations to and from Canberra and we look forward to welcoming guests to the new Virgin Australia travel experience.

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Concerns on our policy for children travelling alone

We understand the concerns raised around our policy for children travelling alone, a long standing policy initially based on customer feedback.

In light of recent feedback, we’re now reviewing this policy. Our intention is certainly not to discriminate in any way.

 

 

Australian Open

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Blue Holidays Serves Up Exceptional Australian Open Packages

As the hype of Wimbledon starts to ebb and wane, our focus remains on tennis with the exciting announcement that we’ve signed on, for the fourth year running, to be the official airline and proud sponsor of the Australian Open.

Not only are we the Open’s official airline; our holiday program, Blue Holidays are also on board as an official tour operator.

In anticipation of the thrilling action of the Grand Slam, Blue Holidays are set to offer tennis fans an experience like no other, with the introduction of a range of tailor-made event packages for the Australian Open 2013.

Virgin Australia General Manager Marketing, Michael Betteridge, said “The tournament is one of the most prestigious events on the sporting calendar and following the success of the Australian Open 2012, Blue Holidays will offer new and exclusive packages allowing guests to book airfares, accommodation and courtside tickets in a few quick easy steps online”.

Join the colourful crowds this summer amid the festive atmosphere of Melbourne Park’s world-class tennis facilities … Catch all the courtside action and witness the world’s best players go head to head, with an Australian Open event package.

Blue Holidays Australian Open Tennis 2013 packages include return airfares to Melbourne, three nights’ accommodation and a Rod Laver Arena session ticket, from $613, per person. GAME, SET, MATCH!

Virgin Australia operates flights to Melbourne direct from Australian capital cities and major regional ports, and from international destination such as Christchurch, Auckland, Los Angeles, Nadi and Bali.

Where: Melbourne and Olympic Parks, Batman Avenue, Melbourne
When: 14–27 January 2013

 

 

Flight Specials App and our Mobile Website

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

A new way of boarding. A new way to track flight specials. A better way to share.

This week saw the launch of two great initiatives at Virgin Australia. We launched our very first mobile specials app and mobile Check-in creating a ‘mobile boarding pass’ for all guests using any smart phone.

Available now from the App Store, our ‘Virgin Australia Flight Specials’ app for iPhone (Android coming soon) provides a one-stop spot to view the latest flight specials and happy hour fares, enables users to enter specific travel criteria and sign-up for real-time alerts, then get push notifications when a flight special matches the set criteria.

The app also offers the ability to share flight details with family and friends via Facebook and Twitter.

The Check-in feature from the Virgin Australia mobile website will send guests their boarding pass as an SMS to allow for mobile boarding. The mobile boarding pass can then be presented at the departure gate to board the flight, offering a faster and more convenient way to check in and board.

Never has it been so easy to book, track, check-in and share your travel journey.

Download our Flight Specials application & test run our new mobile Check-in feature today.