Articles tagged “virgin australia”

Australian Airlines Accused of Ignoring Crew Sexual Harassment

Australian Airlines Accused of Ignoring Crew Sexual Harassment

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

It’s been one of the dirty secrets of the airline business for decades, but the #MeToo movement is now exposing sexual harassment among cabin crew in Australia. Accusations from a leading union have forced the airlines to issue strong denials about systemic problems.

2 weeks ago

What’s Behind the Face-Off Between Airports and Airlines in Australia

What’s Behind the Face-Off Between Airports and Airlines in Australia

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Australia’s airlines are urging the government to rein in the airports, claiming they are abusing their monopoly power to extract unreasonable charges. It’s a tough call for Canberra, which wants to see more investment in airport infrastructure, but doesn’t want to be seen allowing price gouging from some of the most profitable airport operators in the world.

1 month ago

Virgin Australia Could Get New Investors if HNA Sells Its Stake

Virgin Australia Could Get New Investors if HNA Sells Its Stake

Manuel Baigorri, Vinicy Chan and Steven Yang, Bloomberg

Perhaps a new investor will help provide Virgin Australia with direction. It would be nice if Australians had a true second choice other than Qantas. But Virgin Australia has been suffering.

2 months ago

Battle for Air Supremacy on Key Australian Route Heats Up

Battle for Air Supremacy on Key Australian Route Heats Up

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

As the Air New Zealand-Virgin Australia alliance on services across the Tasman Sea comes to an end, Virgin will not take the snub from its Kiwi counterpart lying down. It is already flagging improved services and better frequent flyer rewards and trying to block rival Qantas from working with its former ally.

2 months ago

Virgin Australia Will Not Privatize Despite Sluggish Stock Price

Virgin Australia Will Not Privatize Despite Sluggish Stock Price

Angus Whitley, Bloomberg

In the current era, airlines generally thrive when they're massive in size with global reach. Virgin Australia has six long-haul airplanes, making it tiny compared to Qantas. A transpacific joint venture with Delta Air Line helps, but it's not enough.

8 months ago

Qantas and Virgin Australia Battle Over In-Flight Wi-Fi Rollouts

Qantas and Virgin Australia Battle Over In-Flight Wi-Fi Rollouts

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Both Qantas and Virgin Australia should have Wi-Fi available on all domestic flights by the end of 2018. While travelers want to stay connected, they probably won’t pay for Wi-Fi, but might choose flights on the basis of internet coverage, especially on longer routes.

8 months ago

HNA Failed to Be Transparent About Details of Its Virgin Australia Stake

HNA Failed to Be Transparent About Details of Its Virgin Australia Stake

Angus Whitley, Bloomberg

HNA's omissions and lack of transparency are deeply ingrained in the company's culture. This could end badly as regulators catch up with the Chinese company's aggressive investing style around the world.

9 months ago

Pop-Up Flight Check-Ins at Hotels to Be Tested by Virgin Australia and Amadeus

Pop-Up Flight Check-Ins at Hotels to Be Tested by Virgin Australia and Amadeus

Thomas Seal, Bloomberg

Innovations powered by cloud computing are on the way to streamline the flight check-in process, but will take some time to become available globally.

1 year ago

Qantas’ Domestic Success Masks International Struggles

Qantas’ Domestic Success Masks International Struggles

Angus Whitley, Bloomberg

While exiting a turnaround period is a successful feat for any airline, its really what happens over the next couple of years that counts. Will Qantas be able to maintain its current trajectory or will it slip back into bad old habits?

1 year ago

While Some Airlines Go Basic, the In-Flight Bar Scene Gets Premium Attention

While Some Airlines Go Basic, the In-Flight Bar Scene Gets Premium Attention

Eric Rosen, Bloomberg

Notably missing from this list are any of the U.S. legacy carriers. Just saying.

1 year ago

Virgin Australia CEO Interview: Seats, Innovation and the Chinese Market

Virgin Australia CEO Interview: Seats, Innovation and the Chinese Market

Brian Sumers, Skift

Few airlines focus as much on passenger experience as Virgin Australia. But unfortunately for investors, that approach has not produced recent profits.

2 years ago

Hainan Airlines Owner Acquires Stake in Virgin Australia

Hainan Airlines Owner Acquires Stake in Virgin Australia

Angus Whitley, Bloomberg

HNA Group will join Air New Zealand, Etihad Airways, and Singapore Airlines as stakeholders in Virgin Australia.

2 years ago