AIPA said a majority of pilots would probably be forced to leave the industry without additional financial help beyond the tapering of JobKeeper in March. “We have about 1400 pilots left in the Virgin … The situation will improve, but it’s going to be a long slow process . "You'd rather see Virgin continue as the airline that it is. "No-one could foresee the severe impact this was going to have on the global economy, let alone Australia's economy," Mr Lang said. The only good thing it did was keep Jetstar honest, but at a cost of millions to VA. Both pilots were stood down — the captain for two weeks and the first officer for a week, and given counselling and additional training. Virgin might finally work towards making a profit as it has only survived by bad use of shareholder funds Air New Zealand seen the light and bailed a while back. "We also need to acknowledge that over 600 jobs are at the airport and a number of them rely on the supply chain through Virgin Australia," Ms O'Callaghan said. Of course, an essentially foreign-owned business is not going to worry too much about stood-down Australian employees’ welfare (admittedly, they have their own worries right now in UK, SIN, and China). Exactly. The airline had already made 1,000 workers redundant and stood down 8,000 of its 10,000 pilots, flight attendants and ground crew. Virgin Atlantic pilots vote to go on strike for the first time in the airline's history, in a dispute over pay. Rival airline Qantas has … The pilot ejected and was captured by the Tigray People's Liberation Front who claimed they shot it down, showing the pilot with his Zsh-7 flying helmet (originally intended for Su-27 and MiG-29), a flight suit, a MiG-23 English manual and the crash site with charred metal parts. In an earlier short interview with the ABC, Scurrah said Virgin Australia would make 1,000 staff redundant but was in talks with 25 partners, including Coles, to try and redeploy them. Pilot Daniel Lang was among the 80 per cent of staff stood down by Virgin Australia in late March, but already had another job when the company announced it had entered voluntary administration. However, Ms Battista also hoped going into voluntary administration could help the airline. Qantas and Virgin have between them stood down around 28,000 pilots, cabin crew and other workers in an attempt to cut costs while most of their aircraft are grounded. Talk about being dishonourable Virgin. Mr Backstrom said he lost his job when Ansett shut down but at that time Virgin was hiring. A little belated, but a rivetting interview between Alan Jones and Paul Scurrah. Tigerair has been a waste of space since day one. Traffic controllers are classed as an essential job, … The company stood down 8000 employees last month due to the tumultuous impact on the travel industry and severe reductions in international and domestic passenger flights. Mike Lawson claimed that the company targeted him following rumours that he had fallen asleep while his co-pilots were away from the flight deck on a flight from Hong Kong to London in September 2015. Retain a single aircraft type.(737-800). All designed to demonstrate QF had made a terrible hiring decision meanwhile proving they had made a great one. A Virgin Australia pilot has spoken of his devastation after thousands of workers were stood down amid the COVID-19 crisis. Scurrah also hinted the business that would emerge on the other side of the pandemic would be different. Mr Lang called on the Federal Government to help the airline to save 10,000 employees and a further 6,000 whose jobs were linked to the airline's operation. Development Minister Cameron Dick said regional Queensland needed two airlines. Mr Lang said he updated his resume and drove around Brisbane in the hope of finding a new job and was grateful when a local Woolworths took him on for a few shifts each week. The tins of tuna in aisle three are on special”. Concentrate on regional international/domestic short/medium haul flying. Scurrah’s real heavy heart not letting a crisis go to waste. "We're part of a much bigger network that relies on us being in the market.". Just a BS artist and no, don’t find anything he said about Scurrah or in that interview compelling. Whom did they bail? In a statement on Wednesday morning, the airline also said it was looking to close its New Zealand crew bases, as well as its Tigerair Australia pilot base in Melbourne. Mr Kailis said that there are 1,400 pilots left in Virgin Group with the vast majority having been stood down without pay. Traffic controllers are classed as an essential job, and continue despite the COVID-19 pandemic. "We provide an integral part of the infrastructure that the rest of the country can thrive around. It would be comforting if they took some initiative and just did their own thing. He added that workers should not have to “shoulder the burden” by taking holiday time and should not be drastically worse off when COVID-19 finally abates. They didn’t launch it, they bought it for a dollar (yes, $1) from Singapore Airlines who completely and utterly proved they are incapable of running a subsidiary. After flying with Virgin for 12 years, he's now stacking shelves at his local supermarket. You are one of the very few people in Australia who know where the fault of all these lies! Aviation … "You really think about everyone around you — Ansett also had that family atmosphere," he said. To date Virgin has slashed 3000 staff and 150 in head office, having stood down 6000 in the early days of COVID-19 and there is an expectation that this number will rise before the cull is complete. However, due to COVID-19, Virgin Australia has entered voluntary administration and so has stood down many of their staff. Meanwhile, Virgin Australia’s chief executive said on Thursday that 1,000 of its 8,000 stood down employees would likely be made redundant. "It may well mean the airline can survive, albeit in a different format post-COVID-19, and we've advocated very strongly for two airlines to be operating at the end of this crisis," Ms Battista said. Chief executive Paul Scurrah has said more than 1000 of those workers would lose their jobs permanently. We must fight the evil CCP and make this country independent again!!! Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShipTwo test launch from its Spaceport America home experienced an apparent launch abort shortly after engine ignition Saturday (Dec. 12). "Unfortunately it will be the travelling public that pays for it, if there is a monopoly left in Australia.". National secretary Michael Kaine said, “We are pleased that Virgin at least has agreed to discuss how workers can be compensated for the leave they have diligently built up, in some cases for their retirement. "That is so critical, particularly to regional Queensland," he said. Bain Capital, Virgin's new owner, wants big reductions in pilots' hourly pay, an increase in hours and a drop in the number of days off as part of enterprise agreement negotiations. We urge other employers, like Qantas, to follow suit.”, Tigerair Boeing 737-800 (Australian Aviation archive). They are shelving the AOC. We have no airlines left to ground, such a shame ! I’m employed by Virgin and have been stood down on leave without pay,” Mr Murdock said. Regional Express pilots have been stood down after launching protected industrial action against the airline, as they seek compensation for nights they spend away from home. Those affected are able to draw down their accrued leave entitlements, but the group warned there would be cases where people would go without pay. "It's pretty hard to transfer within the [Virgin] group because it would mean going to Australia which is … Virgin’s move follows a decision by rival Qantas last week to stand down two-thirds of its 30,000-strong workforce. I thought someone like Richard Branson would have insisted on it, but then he is not a majority owner these days. “This is your Captain speaking. Pilot Daniel Lang was among the 80 per cent of staff stood down by Virgin Australia in late March, but already had another job when the company announced it had entered voluntary administration. Virgin need to change their business model. Scott Francis O'Grady (born October 12, 1965) is a former United States Air Force fighter pilot.On June 2, 1995, he was shot down over Bosnia and Herzegovina by an 2K12 Kub mobile SAM launcher and forced to eject from his F-16C into hostile territory. They have a low-cost carrier, so we have to one too! That ANSETT & TAA were largely Murdered by Howard & The Sydney ‘Push’ is undisputed. Marines from the U.S. eventually rescued O'Grady after nearly a week of him evading the Bosnian Serbs. That was worth $1.93 billion to the local economy — it was incredibly significant.". Years ago, he rang a mate that worked at the airport live on air on his show… and said words to the effect “Oh, things aren’t going too well there at Qantas are they mate”… when the person he called said “Mate, I work for Ansett” he got off the phone faster than the speed of light. Townsville Enterprise said Virgin Australia accounts for a third of the 1.7 million passengers that travel to the region annually. I just hope that VA doesn’t try to reposition itself against Jetstar as I don’t want to lose their great Business Class product, which at least as far as 737’s are concerned, is superior to that of Qantas. A $1.4 billion Federal Government bailout is hoped for but unlikely. Deloitte, the administrators appointed to Virgin Australia, said there were "no plans to make any redundancies", but that's little comfort for those waiting to hear what happens next, or the 1,000 people already made redundant in recent weeks. The UK variant of coronavirus is more infectious, so why hasn't it spread widely in Australia? The ballot will take four weeks to carry out, starting on 24 May. Virgin Australia will cut domestic capacity by 90 per cent and has followed Qantas in standing down 8000 workers. Virgin Atlantic has announced it is to cut more than 3,000 jobs in the UK and end its operation at Gatwick airport. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. EasyJet pilot stood down after telling friend he was suicidal Updated / Friday, 23 Aug 2019 09:39. After that no chance with VA skill set. Richard Branson's letter to his grandchildren after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo flew to space for the first time. Virgin is relaunching in slimmed down form, with around 56 Boeing 737s compared to around 80 pre-administration, and a greater focus on holidaymakers rather than corporate travellers. A pie-in-the-sky thought to hang onto," he said. He was stood down from flying from 15 October to 3 November 2015, but claimed that he was not told he had done anything wrong. Love their special entrance at Mascot. "We know that pre-COVID-19, 46 per cent of all travellers that flew to the Gold Coast from within Australia flew on a Virgin group airlines flight. Scurrah said, “This is the worst airline crisis the world has ever seen. The association, which represents more than 2300 Qantas pilots, said other major international airlines are paying stood-down pilots a full or partial salary while the industry remains grounded. Yesterday the message was Tigerair Australia would return when it is viable to do so. We are doing everything we can to make sure there are other income sources during this crisis.”. From what Virgin Australia are saying it looks like they are only fending off the inevitable . A QF without competition is not a nice thought. "I never thought anything like that was beneath me. lol All under SIA management of Tiger. Totally mismanaged. The Boeing 737 pilot and her husband Richard, who trains and examines Virgin's Airbus 330 pilots, are two of 8000 employees Virgin has stood down as it fights for survival. But his disappointment didn't last long. I always thought Virgin was a low-cost carrier itself. A Virgin Australia flight attendant who was stood down during the coronavirus crisis has traded her heels for hi-vis and started work for a mining company.. Sarah-Rose Sharp always dreamed of becoming a flight attendant, and was devastated to learn she and 8,000 of her colleagues had been stood down … Allegations of a heavy drinking culture have dogged the airline industry over the past few years. The company stood down 8000 employees last month due to the tumultuous impact on the travel industry and severe reductions in … AIPA said a majority of pilots would probably be forced to leave the industry without additional financial help beyond the tapering of JobKeeper in March. 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Strawbridge said … What will Tasmania's coronavirus vaccination rollout look like. For the latest updates on the bushfire for the Shire of Mundaring and the city of Swan, north-east of Perth, search on ABC Emergency or find your local ABC radio station, By Stephanie Zillman, Kristian Silva and staff. It was part of a narcissistic campaign by the former CEO to buy regional airlines and a low cost carrier and spends hundreds of millions on things that VA didn’t really need just in an attempt it would seem to make up for the fact he didn’t get the job at QF and to get back at them as a result. Scurrah is right, the Virgin that comes out the other side will be very different. Chief executive Paul Scurrah made the initial announcement on the ABC on Thursday morning, before the Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) confirmed the Tigerair news hours later. Only Qantas can make Project Sunrise profitable, says... Air New Zealand begins Guangzhou cargo flights. Watch the video above. Find out what this means for your flying future and US national security. The Virgin Australia Group will make 1,000 of its 8,000 stood down employees permanently redundant, including all 220 Tigerair pilots. Tiger actually made a small profit before VA took over. Virgin Australia will give back annual leave to thousands of workers that were stood down amid the outbreak of coronavirus after the federal parliament passed the $1500 fortnightly wage subsidy. “Unfortunately, the majority of our pilots, cabin crew and other employees across the business remain stood down due to the impact of COVID-19 and government border … Still, it’s convenient when already staring down the barrel – as VA was – to use the current crisis to re-shape it for longer-term survival without incurring the wrath of unions of FairWork. As many as 8000 workers will be stood down, 125 aircraft grounded and 1000 staff made redundant, including all pilots for the airline's budget subsidiary, Tigerair. List of airliner shootdown incidents – dealing with civilian airliners; See also. Staff stood down. But make no mistake it will be all virgin pilots. Virgin Atlantic pilots are to be balloted for their first strike after year-long pay talks broke down. Peter Siebold, a pilot on the doomed Virgin flight, has spoken for the first time about the tragedy which killed his close friend and co-pilot Mike Alsbury in the Mojave Desert. Alan Jones is a know all windbag. Ditch long haul flying & aircraft. It comes after the business announced on Wednesday it was to temporarily suspend 80 per cent of its staff and would increase domestic capacity reductions from 50 to 90 per cent. Unless something extraordinary or even on some higher power intervenes & actually gives VIC a ‘CERTAINTY’, forget ALL HELP! Already Virgin's flight attendants have been asked to take a cut of that magnitude - after cuts to allowances and perks are taken into account. ... Air NZ boss Luxon to sit on Virgin board. "Anyone who remembers what happened when Ansett disappeared knows how catastrophic it was for regional community in our country.". "I can put some food on the table for my family, and my two kids.". How many of the remaining 1000 being made redundant are Virgin pilots in Australia? Civilian aircraft. Virgin Australia said the assistance would enable the airline to reinstate some of its stood down flight, cabin and ground crew, along with other operational team members. Virgin Fokker 100 flew 355km to Perth despite... Airbus MRO deal for New Zealand P3 Orions... New Zealand–Hobart flights edge closer after airport upgrade, Qantas ups domestic capacity with Alliance E190 deal. The pilot has been stood down from duty and will face an internal inquiry." Townsville Enterprise CEO Patricia O'Callaghan said exorbitant airfares could jeopardise a number of recovering industries. The airline confirmed that the pilot had been stood down from flying several days ago. Two Virgin employees who were stood down when COVID-19 hit, have landed on their feet, carving out new careers in the hospitality industry. Coronavirus: Aviation giants lobby for Virgin Atlantic bailout. Virgin Australia had on Wednesday said it would suspend 8000 of its 10,000 workers as it slashed domestic flights. "We have about 1400 pilots left in the Virgin Group and the vast majority of those have been stood down without pay," Mr Kailis told ABC News. "As a pilot I could pursue another career somewhere else, whereas ground handlers, people who've been there a long time, check-in staff, they didn't have the options that we did, so you really feel for them. Strategy driven by a dented ego. We’re in this together and we can’t wait to see you in the skies again soon. Thousands more workers have been stood down from their roles across other industries, including retail and hospitality, as businesses feel the impact. AFAP industrial officer James Lauchland told The Sydney Morning Herald, “It is disappointing that while Virgin is trying to reassure the travelling public that it will maintain a low-cost carrier, it is dismissing all of Tigerair’s pilots at the same time.”. The airline on Wednesday stood down 8000 of its 10,000 workers as it slashed domestic flight capacity by 90 per cent. But the other acquisitions were shear folly, as was the price and servi e war with QF. When Tiger Air pilot Joe Saad was made redundant in late March because of the travel downturn caused by coronavirus restrictions, it was a sad day. National secretary of the Flight Attendants Association of Australia, Teri O’Toole expressed her concerns after members voted down a new agreement offered by Virgin in December. "The possibility of Virgin having a serious haircut and coming back and fulfilling that [budget] role … I think offers the absolutely best prospects for regional Queensland.". Virgin Australia pilot Andrew Backstrom previously worked at Ansett for eight years, then clocked up 19 years with his current employer. They can’t help but follow Qantas’ lead on everything. Workers need to be able to get back to work and ensure [they do] not have their entire reserves, whether it is leave, savings or superannuation funds, wiped out.”. Last month, the Virgin Australia cabin crew member was one of the company's 8000 workers stood down when flights were grounded following coronavirus travel restrictions. It’s with a heavy heart that we’re temporarily suspending most of our domestic flights from midnight 27 Mar-14 Jun due to new travel restrictions. Ditch tiger air. "That's very similar to what we've got now with Virgin — you worry for the other people in the family, as well as your own troubles.". The Virgin Australia Group will make 1,000 of its 8,000 stood down employees permanently redundant, including all 220 Tigerair pilots. About 8000 of 10,000 workers at Virgin Australia have been temporarily stood down as it grounded most of its planes due to coronavirus. He said prospects for cabin crew were "pretty grim". He is one of 20,000 workers Qantas workers stood down during this pandemic, while Virgin has sent home around 8,000 of their staff. VIC’s have been BURNED ONCE TOO OFTEN. VA is 91% owned by overseas airlines, how can it be justified to use Australian tax payers money to bail them out. With over 35 years of experience, Simms has a passion for flying. Airbus has raised fears for the collapse of Virgin Atlantic amid the COVID-19 pandemic in a letter obtained by Sky News. Just the usual Alan Jones BS. https://omny.fm/shows/the-alan-jones-breakfast-show/virgin-australia-ceo-paul-scurrah-on-qantas. More than 1,000 of the workers Virgin Australia stood down this week are set to be made redundant because of the coronavirus pandemic. Most domestic flights will be suspended from March 27 until June 14. Virgin Australia said 80 per cent of its 10,000 employees would be stood down at least until the end of May as it continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic. About 8,000 of 10,000 workers at Virgin Australia have been temporarily stood down as it grounded most of its planes due to coronavirus. To change your flight, visit: https://t.co/koj4rID1PJ pic.twitter.com/JvLA1MKqWf, — Virgin Australia (@VirginAustralia) March 24, 2020. This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. “As pilots all our skills have to be kept current. Bain Capital, Virgin's new owner, wants big reductions in pilots' hourly pay, an increase in hours and a drop in the number of days off as part of enterprise agreement negotiations. "I get up in the morning and I go and put on a different uniform and go to work." Aviation unions also face pressure on membership numbers and finances after the COVID-19 crisis led to thousands of jobs cut and employees stood down on reduced pay. Isn’t he one of those that was talking up businesses ten or so years ago, making it look like comment and then it was outed that he and others were taking cash to work a ‘good word’ for people into conversation. Mr Scurrah told ABC News Australia that, “this is … I could never understand why they launched Tigerair in the first place. (A Current Affair) "I've got colleagues that are packing orders for Woolworths and Coles, working on cash registers for Woolworths and Coles. It follows a similar agreement between Qantas and Woolworths. Cassy is among the thousands of Virgin Australia staff stood down in the wake of the coronavirus border restrictions. The association, which represents more than 2300 Qantas pilots, said other major international airlines are paying stood-down pilots a full or partial salary while the industry remains grounded. Such a waste of professionals, thank you CHINA for keeping the virus a secret before it got out of hand ! The RFDS has increased frontline work capacity by 25 per cent and has employed several pilots stood down by Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar and Tiger. The Boeing 737 pilot and her husband Richard, who trains and examines Virgin's Airbus 330 pilots, are two of 8000 employees Virgin has stood down as it fights for survival. Shareholders will come out of this relatively unscathed, staff not so. Tiger the Brand may remain. Virgin Australia will give back annual leave to thousands of workers that were stood down amid the outbreak of coronavirus after the federal parliament passed the $1500 fortnightly wage subsidy. Today, all the pilots have been made redundant, ie, connection with the company cut. A true trailblazer in the sky, Captain Robert Simms is one of the first Indigenous international pilots to fly with Virgin Airways Australia. Air NZ certainly baled out a long time ago. Qantas has stood down 20,000 of its 30,000 workers, and Virgin Australia has done the same for 8,000 workers. Virgin Australia has stood down 8000 workers. Virgin is temporarily standing down approximately 8,000 of the company’s 10,000 person workforce until at least the end of May. Arrival caps to return to higher December 2020... Ex-fire chiefs criticise response to bushfire royal commission. Virgin Australia Managing Director Paul Scurrah said today that about 1000 of the 8000 workers being stood down will be made redundant. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the lands where we live, learn, and work. Airline workers who have been stood down are keen to get back to flying as soon as possible In March, Virgin Australia stood down 8,000 of its 10,000 staff in response to the crisis. Love that they make all seats available for selection by anyone and not just the back row. You sacked them and treated them like garbage, so pay them and let them move on! If Virgin Australia fails, it's 'a bloody disaster'. Before he bought in VAH had already blundered by starting the 777 service to the states, they would have survived that. Re any Melbourne’s help or bid on anything re Airlines or related matters, I wouldn’t hold my breath on that. He is one of 20,000 workers Qantas workers stood down during this pandemic, while Virgin has sent home around 8,000 of their staff. "It could be some time before international airways are opened up again and we need to look at our domestic opportunities.". About everyone around you — Ansett also had that family atmosphere, he... 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