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VA ceases international ops, 90% dom reduction

Old Mar 21, 20, 6:54 pm
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Oz consumer law is irrelevant. To refund everyone would mean they would run pout of cash very quickly. They have to give credits not cash, like all airlines to even have a glimpse of surviving.
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Old Mar 21, 20, 7:07 pm
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Fair call, I should have realised that travel insurance isn't applicable here.
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Old Mar 24, 20, 5:56 am
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Dispute it with your credit card company - that near always works in these situations

An IOU from an airline that will not be flying in 2 months is just that.

As worthless as a politicians promise!

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Old Mar 24, 20, 11:53 am
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Originally Posted by CPMaverick View Post
You won't likely get a cash refund. Travel Bank is like a credit towards a future VA flight.

Unfortunately the airlines don't have enough cash to refund 3 full months of tickets for everyone. Travel insurance is your only option.
I had an VA trip booked via Expedia, emailed them over the weekend and they have offers an full refund, not credit.

I was dreading using an online travel agent for this trip, but that has now changed.
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Old Mar 24, 20, 11:56 am
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Originally Posted by cavemanzk View Post
I had an VA trip booked via Expedia, emailed them over the weekend and they have offers an full refund, not credit.

I was dreading using an online travel agent for this trip, but that has now changed.
Could you please DM me the Expedia email ID you used? I need to get hold of someone at Expedia...been trying for days now, all attempts have been futile.
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Old Mar 24, 20, 5:32 pm
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More VA reductions, as expected
Link---> https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-...-jobs/12087910
Virgin Australia slash domestic capacity by 90 per cent, Tigerair suspends flights, 8,000 jobs to go

Virgin Australia has announced further cuts as the coronavirus crisis continues to savage the airline industry, saying it is reducing its domestic capacity by 90 per cent and standing down 8,000 of its 10,000 staff.

The company said in a statement to the ASX that it would ground 125 domestic aircraft from Friday and all Tigerair Australia services will be temporarily suspended effective immediately.

This change will be in place until June 14.
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ASX link--> https://www.asx.com.au/asx/statistic...idsId=02217996

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This would seem to be the end of Tiger Airlines
https://www.smh.com.au/business/comp...26-p54e23.html
Virgin Australia will make all pilots at its budget arm Tigerair redundant as part of a round of layoffs, which will see more than 1000 workers lose their jobs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Old Mar 24, 20, 10:13 pm
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seriously doubt that you'll get a refund. Certainly not up to expedia. VA should stop refunding to conserve cash.
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Old Mar 25, 20, 4:38 pm
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Virgin Australia NZ operations
VA has been struggling in the NZ market, even before the AirNZ-VA divorce

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/business/...undancies-loom
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Meanwhile, Virgin Australia expected to wrap up talks with E tū and the Air Line Pilots' Association within 24 to 48 hours.

"We've regrettably had to make one of the hardest decisions anyone would ever have to make - and that is to make our New Zealand-based employees redundant," Virgin chief executive Paul Scurrah said.

"That's the consultation process started today ... we will be consulting with them over the next 24 hours to work out the way this is done."

The airline employs 200 pilots and 340 cabin crew at bases in Auckland and Christchurch.
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https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/...0-jobs-on-line
Virgin Australia looks to shut down NZ operations, 550 jobs on line
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It has been in talks with New Zealand unions today about the proposal.

The airline says it is a priority in order to safeguard its Australian operations, which it is also restructuring as it shuts down all international flights from 30 March.

"Redundancies are going to be inevitable," a spokesperson said.

Even if Virgin restarts trans-Tasman flights on 15 June as planned, it would only use pilots and crew based in Australia, she said.

"At the moment is just too costly to have the New Zealand bases as well," referring to the two bases in Auckland and Christchurch.
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Old Mar 28, 20, 7:11 pm
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no international at all.

So no USA, Asia, NZ or pacific islands. So all widebodies to go.

If Virgin go into admin, can they say to aircraft owners come & get your jets, without any liability ? (think that's what happens in USA under chapter 11)

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/120...VT7ElccHaX7IRc

Airlines like Fiji air (fj) & air Vanuatu (nf) would have to step up to partially fill the void, as those countries rely on tourism & decreased flights mean decreased revenue for tourism in their respected countries.



If could mean a boom for those airlines.

For Fiji, VA used to fly at least once a day, from BNE, SYD & MEL to NAN & back.

FJ have previously flown to ADL, CBR & OOL & could reopen those ports possibly on a twice a week basis.

NF have new A220s which would mean they could fly thin routes, that might not suit a 738. Not sure how often VA flew to VLI.

You’d think that these airlines, being govt owned(50.1% I think at least) & controlled, would almost run at a loss to get tourists coming back.

Fiji departure tax of FJD$200 per adult for stays of 72 hours or more, is a lot when added up, per flight, per week.

Thoughts?

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Old Mar 29, 20, 6:25 am
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VA 'owns' 4 of their 5 777-300ERs.
Saying that, it's highly possible VA may end up filing administration in a few months. As a "silver bullet" or "white knight" situation is extremely unlikely.

Which puts their assets (the owned 737s and the 777-300ERs) on the market for a liquidation sale should they file administration. Whilst the leased stuff (other 737s / Tigerair A320s / A330s) are returned to their lessors.

It's possible that new investors may purchase VA's owned 737s to set up a new bare-bones domestic operation to replace VA.

Source: https://inqld.com.au/business/2020/0...scue-in-sight/
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Old Mar 29, 20, 6:22 pm
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International travel is dead until a safe, proven vaccine is deployed widely (18-24 months). I'd hope VA's management is alive to that probability
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Old Mar 30, 20, 3:47 am
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Are any of their international routes profitable - maybe LAX and some of the leisure island flights?
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Old Mar 30, 20, 3:16 pm
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LAX was the reported only international route profitable before the COVID-19 crisis, even though it's a Joint-Venture partnership with Delta Air Lines (both airlines split the operating costs and share the profits).

NAN was reported as "high yielding", although not sure if that was profitable.

Rest of the Int'l network was not profitable.
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Old Mar 30, 20, 5:16 pm
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Originally Posted by DanV View Post
VA 'owns' 4 of their 5 777-300ERs.
Saying that, it's highly possible VA may end up filing administration in a few months. As a "silver bullet" or "white knight" situation is extremely unlikely.

Which puts their assets (the owned 737s and the 777-300ERs) on the market for a liquidation sale should they file administration. Whilst the leased stuff (other 737s / Tigerair A320s / A330s) are returned to their lessors.

It's possible that new investors may purchase VA's owned 737s to set up a new bare-bones domestic operation to replace VA.

Source: https://inqld.com.au/business/2020/0...scue-in-sight/
so maybe Virgin could sell their owned aircraft to a leasing company & lease them back to free up lots of $$$$ ?
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Old Mar 30, 20, 5:20 pm
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Originally Posted by RTWFF View Post
International travel is dead until a safe, proven vaccine is deployed widely (18-24 months). I'd hope VA's management is alive to that probability
not necessarily.

There seems to be some good news re the possible use of existing malaria, HIV & other drugs to "control" Corona.

It might end up being just another flu like virus.
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