Virgin Australia

Full Service Carrier
International and Domestic
In service
Country/Territory: Australia


Virgin Australia is one of Australia’s largest airlines and one carrier to attempt a full transformation from a low cost carrier to a full service carrier. Virgin Australia commenced operations in 2000 as Virgin Blue and was the country's first surviving true LCC. The carrier has since moved away from that market and rebranded in May-2011. Virgin Australia now operates a full service model, targeting higher-yielding corporate traffic, while seeking to maintain its core leisure market share and low cost base. In 2014, Virgin Australia completed 100% acquisition of domestic LCC Tigerair’s (formerly Tiger Airways and ceased in 2020) shares, thus mirroring Qantas’ dual brand strategy. The carrier also operated subsidiaries; Virgin Samoa (previously Polynesian Blue) and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines. In 2018, the Samoan government terminated the Virgin partnership to re-establish its own flag carrier. The Velocity Frequent Flyer programme is fully owned by Virgin Australia. The loyalty programme was previously 65% owned by Virgin Australia and 35% owned by Affinity until Virgin Australia reacquired 100% ownership in Nov-2019.

Virgin Australia Holdings entered voluntary administration in Apr-2020. The shares and the entire business of the airline were transferred to Bain Capital in Nov-2020 after the sale of Virgin Australia Group.

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