Virgin Australia COO Sean Donohue, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, stated (07-Aug-2013) the Velocity Frequent Flyer programme is experiencing strong growth, with 1700 new members everyday. Mr Donohue attributed the growth to the new initiatives the airline is introducing including its new Frequent Flyer for pets programme.
Virgin Australia COO: Velocity Frequent Flyer has 1700 new members everyday
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