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Old 6th May 2021, 05:32
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The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has reveal for the first time the full scale of the airlineís strife before it was rescued - a $3.1bn loss in the year ending June 30, 2020, and it is carrying an ongoing debt of $1.2 bn.

Under the leadership of Borghetti and then ĎScuzí, the airline was dead in the water and COVID banged the final nail in its coffin. So as much as people hate Bain and Mrs Jayne, without the two of them there would be no Virgin Australia at all, and in turn there would literally be no pilots, cabin crew and other Human Resources that make an airline possible.

My fear is that with current rumours being that International flying wonít resume until 2022, and that is very possible considering this pandemic is now in its 16th month, what is the Government going to do to ensure all of our domestic airlines stay alive??
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Old 6th May 2021, 06:18
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what is the Government going to do to ensure all of our domestic airlines stay alive??
They're not worried about that - kick that can down the road, just like the budget - someone elses problem in the future. The current plan is keep city lockdowns going when they get 1 or 2 cases of covid
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Old 6th May 2021, 06:34
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Old 6th May 2021, 10:09
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Virgin Australia chief executive Jayne Hrdlicka says she’s prepared to wear the financial pain of ultra low airfares of $39 between key destinations like Sydney and Melbourne for an extended period to ensure passenger volumes rebuild.

“The pain of it for the first two or three, to get the next twenty-five, you know it works,” she said at a hotels conference in Adelaide on Thursday.

“We need to get the volume back in the industry,” she said.
Virgin CEO Jayne Hrdlicka with the backdrop of Adelaide Oval. Ben Searcy

“Whatever the price it’s going to take to get people back in the air that’s what we’re going to support for a while,” she told the AHICE conference.

But there would be a point where those extremely low fares ended, and fares costing $79, $99 or $115 became more prevalent.
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Old 6th May 2021, 11:59
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Originally Posted by kingRB View Post
They're not worried about that - kick that can down the road, just like the budget - someone elses problem in the future. The current plan is keep city lockdowns going when they get 1 or 2 cases of covid
Each to their own I suppose; I am just happy I am living in a country where public health is taken seriously and not somewhere like India. The bottom line is both NZ and Australia are both significantly better off than countries that didn't implement appropriate measures and had their economies destroyed. I've been out for dinner with the missus this evening, I can do that because of those measures, Try saying that in the USA, UK, mainland Europe, etc....
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Old 6th May 2021, 12:31
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HR essential to running an airline.... bwahhhhaaaaa!
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Old 6th May 2021, 13:11
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I'm sure she is happy selling $39 airfares when the majority of her pilots are on 50% pay, but expected to be available 100%.

Doesn't mention that in the article.
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Originally Posted by Anti Skid On View Post
Each to their own I suppose; I am just happy I am living in a country where public health is taken seriously and not somewhere like India. The bottom line is both NZ and Australia are both significantly better off than countries that didn't implement appropriate measures and had their economies destroyed. I've been out for dinner with the missus this evening, I can do that because of those measures, Try saying that in the USA, UK, mainland Europe, etc....
Iíve been out for dinner the entire time in the USA.
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Old 6th May 2021, 21:45
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Originally Posted by Servo View Post
I'm sure she is happy selling $39 airfares when the majority of her pilots are on 50% pay, but expected to be available 100%.

Doesn't mention that in the article.
I thought the pilots remain on their previous EBA T&Cís until such time they certify a new agreement?
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Old 6th May 2021, 21:55
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I thought the pilots remain on their previous EBA T&Cís until such time they certify a new agreement?
Nope. Currently stood down, stood up, stood down again. Pilots gave her and exec team benefit of the doubt and helped with an MOU to allow flexibility during ramp up. The company keeps extending the MOU, which allows phases of pay. Most are on 50%.
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Iíve been out for dinner the entire time in the USA.
And 500 000+ of your countrymen are taking a dirt-nap as a result...
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Old 6th May 2021, 23:00
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Originally Posted by Servo View Post
Nope. Currently stood down, stood up, stood down again. Pilots gave her and exec team benefit of the doubt and helped with an MOU to allow flexibility during ramp up. The company keeps extending the MOU, which allows phases of pay. Most are on 50%.
Iíd kill for that opportunity- Just to have a chance at reemployment. Appreciate what you have, there are many who have nothing. I got chopped and currently have no prospects for years despite 12 at Virgin. Working Min wage and going backwards.
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Old 6th May 2021, 23:35
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SERVO, I suppose there will come a time when the schedule will stabilize to a new norm. Once that occurs, as unpalatable as it may be, those on the bottom of the seniority list may have to face redundancy. If that doesn’t happen, then the practice of rolling stand ups/stand downs will only serve to severely disrupt the lives of all VA pilots.

Maybe that’s what management wants?
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Old 6th May 2021, 23:39
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Iím sorry to hear it On Guard. The pilots who lost their jobs at Virgin and Tiger deserved better. I know thereís a lot of hard luck stories in aviation at the moment and I really feel for all the pilots out of work.
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Speaking of former VA management. Former VA board member, former EY CEO and BFF of John Borghetti; James Hogan busted for violating mandatory quarantine in the UK.

https://simpleflying.com/etihad-ceo-uk-quarantine/
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Old 7th May 2021, 04:06
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What happened to all the A330 and B777 crew? Did they get let go when the fleet did or are they being dragged along?
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Old 7th May 2021, 04:09
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What happened to all the A330 and B777 crew? Did they get let go when the fleet did or are they being dragged along?
Unfortunately they are all gawn AFIAK...
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Old 7th May 2021, 04:23
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What happened to all the A330 and B777 crew? Did they get let go when the fleet did or are they being dragged along?
The A332s were all returned to lessors and the crews made redundant. Likewise for the 777 crew though I heard that it is possible for them to return to VA in the future if they are happy to join short-haul crew.

Of the 5 77Ws, one was leased (VH-VOZ) and this plane has been returned to lessor. The other 4 were owned and remain parked. I'm unsure who actually owns these planes now as they were encumbered so it is possible they are now owned by the banks that lent money to pre-administration VA and who took the 777s as security. Either way, the market for pre-owned 77Ws is dire so they probably won't be flying for anyone anytime soon.
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Old 7th May 2021, 04:48
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What happened to all the A330 and B777 crew? Did they get let go when the fleet did or are they being dragged along?
I believe someone made a post recently suggesting a number of these former 330/777 crew have been forced to head North looking for GA work in Darwin and out bush given there is not much hiring likely to be going on in this part of the world for the foreseeable futureÖ
So if it is true or not I have no idea but do hope they find their way back to a job again soon.

There also appears to be one heck of a list of boys and girls trying to get back in the game from VANZ, Tiger and others unfortunately who all were shafted as well. I personally know a handful who havenít touched a plane in a damn long time now, not for lack of trying their butts off.
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Old 7th May 2021, 04:57
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Everyone from Tigerair, VANZ, ATR, A330 and 777 were made redundant. Probably about 700-800 pilots. Some have found jobs, most have not.
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