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Australian carriers volunteer to pay carbon tax

Qantas, Virgin Blue and other Australian airlines will voluntarily pay the carbon tax after lobbying to be included in the scheme.

Virgin Blue rebrands its operations Virgin Australia

Virgin Blue will rebrand its operations Virgin Australia today and immediately take the battle to its bigger competitor with the introduction of its first two-class Boeing 737.

Down under airfares going up

Virging Blue has followed on the heels of Qantas and Air New Zealand in raising fuel surcharges by as much as $100 for a return international trip and fares by up to $10 for a one-way domestic flight.

Virgin Blue unveils glam new look for flight attendants and crew

Australian icon and business woman Elle Macpherson launched Virgin Blue’s sophisticated new uniform joined by 60 of Virgin Blue’s own pilots and crew for a stylish runway show in Sydney this morni

Virgin Blue and Skywest to create regional network

SYDNEY - Virgin Blue Group and Skywest airlines today signed a 10 year strategic alliance to service regional Australia with Skywest operating up to 18 new Virgin Blue branded turboprop aircraft

Virgin America and Virgin Blue crew exchange takes Off

SAN FRANCISCO - Virgin America, the California-based airline, announces it is welcoming Virgin Blue crew members to its award-winning in-flight team.

Virgin Blue computer problems to cause more delays

While Virgin Blue races to fix its ongoing computer problems, more delays for airline's passengers expected this week.

Interim authorization given to Etihad Airways and Virgin Blue alliance

Airfares for new services between Australia and Abu Dhabi will go on sale from 1 October as interim authorisation was today given to the proposed alliance between Virgin Blue and Etihad Airways.

Feds give thumbs down to Delta-Virgin Blue alliance

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday gave a thumbs down to plans by Virgin Blue Holdings Ltd. and Delta Air Lines Inc.

Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue seek regulatory permission for trans-Tasman...

Air New Zealand intends to throw the reverse engines on transtasman domination by the Qantas-Jetstar duo with its proposed tie-up with Virgin Blue.

Virgin Blue buying 105 new Boeing aircraft

Australian airline Virgin Blue Holdings Ltd will purchase up to 105 new Boeing 737 aircraft over a six-year period to replace old planes, protect market share and to expand into new routes.

Virgin Blue names John Borghetti new CFO

Virgin Blue Holdings Ltd., Australia’s second-largest airline, hired John Borghetti as its next chief executive officer, a year after he quit larger rival Qantas Airways Ltd.

Virgin Blue ‘loses’ disabled passenger

Australia's disability watchdog has renewed calls for the power to prosecute airlines that fail disabled travellers, following an incident in which Virgin Airlines lost track of a deaf and mute passen

Virgin Blue-Delta joint venture approved by Australian regulators

Australian regulators have approved a joint venture between Delta Air lines Inc.

Listeria link found in Virgin Blue’s food poisonings

A listeria outbreak on Virgin Blue flights that forced two pregnant women into premature labour has been traced back to diced chicken from a country food company.

Emirates and Virgin Blue join hands

Emirates and Virgin Blue airlines have teamed up to launch the Emirates Visit Australia Pass allowing unprecedented access Down Under.

Australia’s most popular airline

Virgin Blue has been voted Australia's best overall airline in a poll of more than four thousand recent flyers by leading consumer group Choice.

Virgin Blue posts loss, freezes pay for managers

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Airline moves threatening tourism

Queensland's tourism industry is bracing itself for more bad news after Virgin Blue's chief hinted that flights may be cut and a new luggage tax implemented. Virgin Blue chief executive Brett Godfrey hinted on the Nine Network yesterday that the airline would be looking at capacity cuts to destinations such as the Gold Coast.

Virgin Blue profit falls 8.8 percent

SYDNEY, Australia — Virgin Blue Holdings Ltd. said Wednesday that net profit for the six months to Dec. 31 fell 8.8 percent to 113.3 million Australian dollars (US$104.2 million; euro70.8 million), crimped by costs associated with new airline initiatives.

Pilot predicts airline ‘bloodbath’

Regional travel will become more difficult as the drastic pilot shortage leads to cuts in routes, with predictions of a "bloodbath" among regional airlines. Rex chief pilot Chris Hine has warned the situation would get worse this year as all three major domestic airlines – Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Blue – embark on aggressive fleet expansion.

Talks spell ‘V’ for victory for Virgin Blue

AUSTRALIA and the US could sign an "open skies" agreement this week that will give Virgin Blue clearance to launch 10 weekly services to the US by the end of this year. The Government is pushing to get a deal finalised by Friday, with talks between the two governments scheduled to begin in Washington tomorrow.