Aviation

Virgin Australia to cut 150 head office roles, pauses JV with Delta Air Lines

Huntley Mitchell

Huntley Mitchell

Virgin Australia’s imminent emergence out of administration continues to take shape, with the embattled airline flagging more redundancies.

The 150 head office job cuts are in addition to the 3,000 roles revealed last month as part of Virgin’s six-point blueprint for success under the guidance of Bain Capital, which has been approved to take over the carrier by creditors.

“We have informed our people of some minor structural changes which will position the business for the transition period that lies ahead of us,” A Virgin spokesperson told Travel Weekly.

“Unfortunately, this will result in around 150 roles being impacted in the corporate and head office workforce, and we will support all team members closely through this process.

“We have also been required to review the number of head office team members currently stood up, with a view to make additional stand-downs over the coming weeks. All stood-down team members will continue to receive JobKeeper, provided they are eligible.

“This crisis is having an extraordinary impact on our industry and our people and making decisions which impact their lives is never easy. However, with the borders remaining closed and travel demand low, we must continue to make the tough calls to help see us through this pandemic.”

Travel Weekly understands the structural changes are minimal, with divisional repointing following the departure of chief experience officer Danielle Keighery, who oversaw product and customer functions, inflight services, branding and marketing, PR and media relations, and internal communications.

Courtney Petersen’s role of chief loyalty officer has been expanded to chief marketing and loyalty officer.

In other news, Virgin and Delta Air Lines have paused their joint venture alliance as a consequence of government-imposed international travel restrictions and the subsequent suspension of Virgin-operated services to Los Angeles.

Delta will continue to codeshare on Virgin Australia domestic services and the partners will continue to offer reciprocal frequent flyer benefits to Velocity and Sky Miles members.

Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines have been in a JV alliance since 2011.

Delta remains committed to serving Australia and currently plans to maintain a minimum of three flights per week between Los Angeles and Sydney.

Virgin Australia Group CEO and managing director Paul Scurrah will be speaking at the travel industry’s most thought-provoking conference, Travel DAZE 2020. To find out more or to register, click here.


Featured image source: Wikimedia Commons/Commander Keane



SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Aviation

Qantas relaunches Perth-London route, ramps up trans-tasman flights, secures majority stake in TripADeal

Flights resuming to NZ mean that it will be much easier for the all blacks to come over and quickly beat Australia over and over again.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Qatar hotels warned by Fifa over LGBTQ+ discrimination

World Cup controversy has already kicked off before the first match has begun! It’s clear Fifa is taking some lessons from the Australian Open.

Share

CommentComments

News

Japan and Thailand to further ease travel restrictions from 1 June

We thought a nice photo of cherry blossoms in full bloom at Himeji-Jo Castle would be a lot nicer than of some guy getting a swab shoved up his nose for the story.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Star Entertainment Group appoints new interim chairman and CEO

Similarly, we’ve appointed our office dog as the new chief zoomies officer, which is a big improvement on her previous role as VP of weeing in the hallway.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Aurora Expeditions announces maiden voyage for new ship the Sylvia Earle

The expedition cruise line has revealed some smashing destinations for its new ship’s bid debut, so get ready to go penguin spotting!

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Flight Centre sees boom in international business travel

People are heading back overseas so say goodbye to organising a weirdly timed Zoom meeting and get ready for a nice 13-hour flight!

Share

CommentComments

News

“The new ministry is well informed and ready to support tourism’s future”: Peak industry bodies welcome Australia’s new PM

Travel Weekly’s editor spent her Sunday morning shushing the cheering crowd at Marrickville Library as Albo posed out the front for this photo op. He’s lucky he has a cute dog or she may have had to get the librarians involved.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

TAA appoints new board member

It’s a good thing travel is an interesting industry, otherwise they’d be appointing a new ‘bored’ member. See what we did there?

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

New data suggests China Eastern nosedive may have been intentional

Investigations into a tragic plane crash that killed 132 people earlier this year have revealed that it was likely not due to technical fault.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Luxury Escapes partners with the Travel Corporation

Similarly, Travel Weekly is trying to form a partnership with the cafe downstairs, which they correctly recognised as another attempt to get free coffee and shut down immediately.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas teams up with Zip for buy now pay later flights

Looking for new and exciting ways to financially cripple the millennial and Gen Z market? This one from our national carrier takes the cake.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

AGENT GUIDE: How to give your clients the best possible South America experience

by Sponsored by Chimu Adventures

From the snowcapped Andes and the Amazon rainforest to the culture clad streets of Buenos Aires and Rio, South America is a treasure trove of rich experiences not to be missed.

Share

CommentComments