Xxiv) Virgin

- It started as a low-cost, no-frills, single class, leisure-focused airline called Virgin Blue Airlines (2000) with 2 leased aircraft; bus companies regarded as the main competitors as Virgin was trying to attract new customers to flying
- It uses the concept developed by Southwest Airlines and Ryanair of eliminating costs like in-flight services including meals, entertainment, etc and printed tickets in favour of selling services on board and using telephone/Internet booking systems plus using one type of aircraft to minimise operating/maintenance costs.
- In September 2001 it was catapulted into the position of Australia's 2nd airline after the collapse of Ansett Australia. This meant that it was no longer just a cut-price alternative to the traditional players, ie access to terminal space which helped its growth.
- By 2016 it has grown into serving around 30 destinations in Australia
Over the years Virgin has continually endeavoured to re-invent itself by
- improving services by offering guests a choice of purchasing tickets with no frills through to paying extra for different services like meals, refreshment, choice of seats, excess luggage, etc
- introduced multi-class travel, eg business class (2012) and premier economy (2008) that allowed priority check-in, baggage allowance, lounge access, priority boarding, increased legroom and all-inclusive flight entertainment, meals and beverages on board.  This was aimed at business and corporate customers and to attract clientele from their main competitor, Qantas.
- introduced flight lounges for travellers on initially a "pay-as-you-use" and more recently a fee basis at some airports with food and other amenities like Internet access, meeting rooms, showers, etc
- established  reward/loyalty/frequent-flier program, eg initially Velocity Rewards and then changed to the Velocity Frequent Flyer (2013); this program has partners like National bank of Australia, Westpac, ANZ, American Express, Diners Club, etc; it has different status levels like red, silver, gold and more recently platinum; with points earned relative to the cost of the flight rather than distance traveled; Global Wallet Function (2013) which is a prepaid travel card
- regularly changed uniforms and cabin design; with aircraft repainted from bright red to sophisticated white with silver detail
- introduced new equipment like wider body, more fuel-efficient aircraft, etc
- re-branded as Virgin Australia (2011), ie Virgin Blue, Pacific Blue, Polynesian Blue and V Australia became one brand
- changing ownership, ie Virgin ceded its ownership fellow shareholder Patrick Corp, then Toll Holdings, followed by Air New Zealand, Etihad and more recently Singapore Airlines, etc
- formed alliances with other airlines like code-sharing initially with United Airlines and followed by Emirates, Hawaiian and Malaysia, then Garuda and Vietnam. In 2010, formed alliances with Etihad and Air New Zealand, ie full code-sharing, reciprocal lounge and frequent-flier access.  In 2011 with Delta Air Lines, it joined Sky Team (one of the top three alliances in the world) and formed an alliance with Singapore Airlines, etc
- started Virgin Australia Regional Airlines in Western Australia; formed a 10 year deal at Perth-based regional airline Skywest so that able to better compete with QantasLink and Regional Express Airlines; later purchased Skywest and Tiger (2012)
- change in CEO in 2010 from Brett Godfrey (original CEO) to John Borghetti (former Qantas executive general manager who employed several key Qantas staff at Virgin)
- changed head office site from Fortitude Valley to Bowen Hills, Queensland (2008)
- introduced international flights to America (2009), ie San Francisco and Los Angeles
- sponsoring sporting teams like NRL team (South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2007), NBL (Brisbane Bullets), AFL, etc
- introduced flying billboards, eg promoting men's razors, Queensland government's campaign to attract businesses to the State, etc
- advertising campaigns, eg slogans like "get what you want" (2007), "now there's an idea" (2009) and "now you're flying" (2011) plus new billboard advertising showcasing Virgin's variety of products and on-time performance record


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