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Old 20th Jul 2010, 13:07
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B772,
What 'was' S Tully's role with VA ?
Nothing worthwhile.Just more 'excess baggage' hanging around accomplishing nothing. He has since popped up at 'Strategic' in a Ground Operations Management role.

Swift has also officially walked The Green Mile,a 'departure' email was sent out on Friday.
Seems that Massimo is certainly 'cleaning house' !
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Old 20th Jul 2010, 17:54
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I never got no departure email
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Old 20th Jul 2010, 17:56
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V Australia Boss Scott Swift Leaves Airline | Travel Trends
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 01:07
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Quite a lot of spring cleaning going on over there at VB!
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 09:44
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What on earth is going on in recruitment? Courses cancelled yet interviews still being scheduled.
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 11:21
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Everyone is so excited about JB.

I reckon this guy has been bought in to clean up the books, implement Business Class, get a Wide Body domestic operation up and running (awarded to the lowest bidder, my thoughts will be either VA pilots on their S$%T contracts or a PB base that is already underway and being planned), a shrinking of VB (expansion of PB and VA to operate domestic OP's, ala Jetstar!).

Then Branson and the shareholders will make some cash and sell off the business, come on in ANZ. This all smells of Edington and the Ansett restructure and sell off!

JB has bought his team across because there is S$%T loads of bonus's to be made, easy KPI's to achieve and a nice retirement package to boot. I give him 18 months and he is gone!

And all the pilots at VB have fallen for the car salesman pitch and so called engagement, wait till the Wide Bodies turn up, watch the place implode as three groups are played off against each other and the PB Australian Bases open. Don't forget Jet Connect was started under JB at Qantas, and now the pilots are being told we wont be paxing in Business Class and the old HR manager is still around even though JB states openly that he does not like the guy, (oh my god, is this a classic Good Cop, Bad Cop scenario).

We have fallen for this rubbish again, it's a Business with share holders to respond to, they want results and the only difference between QF and VB is that QF don't pretend to like their staff!
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 12:22
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You know dirty deeds, If I were a cynical man, I would almost be inclined to agree with you.

On a more operational note however, just how many "Widebodies" would VB/PB/VA be able to operate out of Sydney Domestic 2/3 at any one time?
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 12:29
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G33,35,39,40 were all 767 capable when Ansett used the pier - has anything changed to stop that now ?
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 12:36
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Dirty Deeds

You know, of all the bullship i have read on here, i reckon what you said is probably the most plausible of the lot.
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 12:53
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And why should you be paxing in Business Class?

It's not going to be installed for pilots to commute in!!!!

That's not going to make DJ any money. It's there for the high yield, not the staff.
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 13:03
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And why should you be paxing in Business Class?

It's not going to be installed for pilots to commute in!!!!

That's not going to make DJ any money. It's there for the high yield, not the staff.
If the company want to pax you then so you should be in business.
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 13:05
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Normasars,

My reference to paxing was not for commuters, it was referenced to a situation like paxing to Perth from Melbourne then operating home, a 12 hour Duty!

The reference to paxing was also a point of example to prove my point!

Sorry if I sounded like it was a god given right (not my intention), I was just thinking of safety and a well rested pilot who has a big day ahead of them.
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 13:11
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Dirty.

No worries
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 13:55
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Thumbs up VB v's QF Staff travel/Duty Travel

Virgin $41 not in front of Emerg Exits put in last rows with screaming kids around you...
Qantas $45 ungradeable to J class food and drink and you get looked after by ground staff.
and this is the same with duty travel in both cases

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Old 21st Jul 2010, 21:12
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Deeds I think you are right on the money.
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Old 22nd Jul 2010, 01:30
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Deeds, I couldnt have said it better myself! Well done.

The next 12-18 months are going to be VERY interesting indeed. When all the smoke and mirrors finally clear, it will be ALL staff at the bottom of the sh$t pile again.

A bit like oliver twist "please sir can I have some more?"
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Old 22nd Jul 2010, 02:29
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Aka Dacca

"Dirty Deeds done dirt cheap"

"the only difference between QF and VB is that QF don't pretend to like their staff!".......this quote is an absolute pearler Deeds.

You are soooooo right.

JB is on a mission from God to rip and tear. He won't have the roadblocks that stood in his way at QF . He openly stated ( when at QF )that the 777 is THE aircraft of the future.

Its great watching all this unfold from the sidelines. A insider mate at DJ tells me that everyone in middle/senior management are themselves.

Il Duce is building his empire
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Old 25th Jul 2010, 13:21
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But if you are one of the workers, share holders, pilots or basically anybody else then it is just a 'bowl of rice and an oreo'.
I heard the crew meals were improving!!!
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Old 4th Aug 2010, 23:18
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Interesting article:


Borghetti's machete causing problems in Virgin Blue - eTB Industry Insider Commentary and Opinion - etravelblackboard.com

Borghetti's machete causing problems in Virgin Blue
Tuesday, 3 August 2010


Price of survival is high

The good old travel industry grapevine is awash with rumours that John Borghetti's machete waving and chopping in the Virgin Blue Group is having a pretty damaging effect on company morale, with even the Brisbane Courier Mail reporting this week that all is not happy at Virgin HQ, a traditionally very upbeat and happy workplace.

Let's face it though and be fair to Borghetti, that it was inevitable his appointment was bound to cause waves or even tsunamis within the company, as would the appointment of any new CEO to any company, with senior execs in DJ being given the push, including head of pr Heather Jeffrey, which one DJ insider described to me as - she and Borghetti having an uncomfortable history at Qantas and there was no way she was going to survive.

At the end of the day, Borghetti is the CEO and he appears to have the confidence of the Board and Shareholders to get the struggling airline back on track and do what needs to be done to grow its business, eradicating the losses announced earlier this year.

The Courier Mail report also says that one employee described the mood as "quite unsettling", with some work teams "decimated" by retrenchments and that particularly at risk are those with V Australia, the group's loss-making overseas offshoot launched last year, adding, "We're all a little taken aback".
Well I have to say - "smell the coffee" - because no business can continue haemorrhaging like DJ was and changes had to be made - even if they were tough ones, with over at V Australia, Scott Swift having the chop and COO Andrew David planning to leave by the end of the year, with more heads anticipated to role as V Australian is absorbed into the Virgin Group, along with other what were "standalone" businesses.

With the challenge for Borghetti and his new team largely brought in from Qantas, being how DJ can increase its share of the business market while holding on to its leisure market, the next few months will be very telling indeed, with the more deep reaching effect of his reorganisation to be announced shortly, including what are believed to be route withdrawals and cutting and a refocussing on more profitable routes and rationalisation of the brands and their associated overheads into one business.

With the company's full year results about to be announced, we need to remember that pre his departure, former CEO Brett Godfrey announced that Virgin's bottom line result improved by $164 million, from a $101.4 million loss in the December half of 2008 to $62.5 million profit for the six months to December 31 - then less than three weeks after taking over Borghetti shocked everyone by announcing that that company's pre-tax profit would plummet by up to 75% down to $20 million to $40 million, with analysts now expecting an even worse result to be announced.

Let's wait and see, but let's also give credit where its due to Borghetti for taking on the task of turning around Australia's second largest airline, because if he fails the price is very high for everyone, not just in the company and in travel and tourism generally, but the impact the collapse of the company would even have on the Australian economy.
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Old 5th Aug 2010, 00:37
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Would have to agree with Cactusjack, generally speaking the frontline staff are the happiest they've been for years. They feel the ship finally has a rudder.

DJ is overstaffed with middle and upper management, a typical example is the Lounge, rather than having one manger responsible for it there were about six, with each manager looking after a different part of it.

Same goes with V Australia, why have a duplicate managment structure when it all can be done under DJ.

There are many managers in the 'Village' who have had iteasy for far to long in their ergonomically (select your own colour) work stataions and JB is asking everyone to justify their role, if the can't then their gone.

Both the generally public and the board have been feed so much 'BS' from the previous managment that they think DJ is a happy work place. It has taken a change at the top for the board to realise that it's not. And the only reason the public stil think it's a happy workplace is due to the dedication of the frontline staff to their jobs.
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