So, Who should Fly?


Currently I’m evaluating research on the roles of the Captain vs the First Officer in the detection and correction of procedural errors on the flight deck. Fortunately I’m not looking at our entire operation, just one small corner of it. First, some background. Delaying Final FMC Performance Data Entry Our SOP’s are pretty much based on Boeing’s […]

Make a Donation to Virgin Australia’s Movember Team


One of my fellow pilots was diagnosed and treated for Prostate Cancer about two years ago. Thankfully, he was successfully treated and now juggles a line flying role and a demanding management position. For at least the second year in a row, he is participating in Movember in aid of prostate cancer research and awareness […]

Virgin Australia ATR Trip Report


There is a new way to fly around regional Australia, and like with most new things lately, it is with Virgin Australia. Well, in this case, Virgin Australia and Perth-based Skywest. The two announced their partnership in January and in February announced an order for ATR72-500s and -600s. The -500 and -600 are relatively the […]

First look at Virgin Australia’s new Print Campaign


Virgin Australia will today launch a national print and billboard campaign that gives us some indication of what we can expect from the brand in the future. Unlike the more flamboyant “flygirl” campaigns we’ve come to expect from the Virgin brand, today’s launch is far more subtle and focuses on what the company claims is […]

Virgin Australia Unveils its New Brisbane Lounge


Virgin Australia revealed its new airport lounge today at Australia’s Brisbane domestic terminal. Designed by renowned architect Tim Greer from Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, the 200-seat lounge is the ‘next step’ in Virgin Australia’s re-branding and game-change program, and its launch precedes additional plans to revamp all Virgin services at Brisbane Airport. Martin Daley, Virgin Australia’s […]

Welcome Virgin Australia – Pictures


Virgin Blue re-branded its domestic and narrow-body international operation (excluding the Polynesian Blue operation that consists of just one aircraft) into Virgin Australia. We have lots of information coming – including video of the Sydney press conference with Richard Branson and John Borghetti. In the meantime, here’s a few photos from today’s event. We’ll upload […]

Will Virgin Blue re-brand as Virgin Australia?


This morning, Virgin Blue re-brands as Virgin Australia. As an employee of the airline, it’s been a little frustrating that I haven’t been able to share what little information I understood to be true but, thanks to the investigative blogging of our newest Aussie podcast partner, Will Horton, he’s been able to uncover certain clues […]

Virgin Blue Unveils its New Look


New Grbac Uniform This morning at 10am, Virgin Blue officially unveiled its new uniform to the public at Sydney Tower Westfields after the closely guarded secret was maintained by several thousand staff. Despite the airline crew addiction to social media and extroverted behaviour – as well as a company booklet issued to crew full of […]

Virgin Blue and Air New Zealand Alliance


After days of speculation, Virgin Blue and Air New Zealand have announced that they intend to seek regulatory approval for an alliance on the Trans Tasman (route between Australia and New Zealand). The proposed alliance will allow the airlines to collaborate on route structures, product planning, advertising, ground handling, code sharing and frequent flyer programs. […]

Virgin Blue ‘NextGen’ Board Game


A Virgin Blue employee has become an overnight media whore after he created a board game criticising the decision making process at the Brisbane based airline. The story was originally published on the Brisbane Times website and has since made its way onto countless other websites, blogs and forums. Torsten Koerting attached the ‘snakes-and-ladders’ type […]

V Australia and first 777-300ER pics


V Australia is Australia’s newest entry into the international airline market. Following the success of the open skies agreement between Australia and the USA, the airspace overlying the big pond between the two countries is now heavily liberalised, meaning that the carriage of both people and cargo across the Pacific is finally open to the […]

Final boarding call for Al Qaeda & Terrorist


During the early years of The Simpsons, a popular recurring gag involved young Bart making prank calls to bartender Moe at Moe’s Tavern. Bart would call Moe and ask for a non-existant person whose name was one that spelled a less than flattering phrase. Moe would shout for the fictitious person that Bart asked for […]