Virgin Blue Group still in the “eye of the storm”

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Virgin Blue has requested its pilots to take outstanding leave, as part of a plan to avoid redundancies. In a memo warning that the airline is still “in the eye of a storm” with the economy slowing and recession a possibility, Virgin Blue Chief Operations Officer, Andrew David, stated low pilot turnover of less than 2% means the airline has a surplus of B737 flight crew.

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