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VAU/VA - Virgin Australia Airlines - Australia (Current)

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Basic facts

Full nameVirgin Blue Airlines Pty Ltd. Trading name changed to Virgin Australia Oct-11.
ICAO call signBLUEY/VIRGIN
HistoryFounded 1999, commenced services Aug-00. Re-branded as Virgin Australia from Mar-11.
Ownership Privately-owned Virgin Blue Holdings Pty Ltd (Virgin Travel Group (50%) and Patrick Corporation (50%). Air New Zealand has taken a 14.9% stake in Virgin Blue Jan-11.
ClassificationScheduled low-cost passenger airline
Main operating bases Adelaide (ADL), Brisbane (BNE), Melbourne (MEL), Perth (PER) and Sydney (SYD)
Destinations served Operates scheduled domestic routes between Australia's capital and regional cities, and internationally between Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Strategic alliances None
Subsidiaries Virgin Samoa, Pacific Blue based in New Zealand. Also a long-haul low-cost subsidiary V Australia with 777-200ERs for services to the USA re-branded as Virgin Australia Nov-11 and fully merged into that airline by 2013. Regional partner Skywest Airlines acquired Mar-13 and re-named Virgin Australia Regional Airlines.
Code-sharing Recent extensive code-share and marketing agreement established between Etihad and Virgin Blue Group.
Chief executiveMr. John Borghetti
Address 56 Edmondstone Road, Bowen Hill, Brisbane QLD 4006, Australia
Telephone+61 (7) 3295 3000
Fax+61 (7) 3839 4024
Website http://www.virginblue.com.au
National regulator Australian CASA
FAA IASA Classification Country category 1
FSF Member Yes
IATA membership BSP Member No. 795
IOSA registration Registered from Feb-05 - score already reflects this fact.
Known accidentsMinor accident in Dec-05.
CommentsRapidly developing airline.

Updated July 2014

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Airline safety score
StudySafety FleetFleet ATCAirfield OpsReg OwnerMgt AllianceAirline Overall
date factor agemix env.env. qualityoversight qualityquality qualitymaturity score
Oct-02 0.712 0.95 0.98 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.17 5.76
Feb-03 0.813 0.95 0.98 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.17 6.58
Jun-03 0.835 0.95 0.98 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.17 6.76
Jun-04 0.897 0.93 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.33 7.41
Jun-05 0.916 0.91 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.42 7.63
Jun-06 0.912 0.94 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.50 7.64
Jun-07 0.921 0.87 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.58 7.79
Jun-08 0.931 0.85 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.67 7.93
Jun-09 0.937 0.83 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.33 0.75 8.35
Jun-10 0.942 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.33 0.90 8.70
Jun-11 0.933 1.001.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.951.00 0.33 1.00 8.66
Jun-12 0.935 1.001.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.951.00 0.33 1.00 8.68
Oct-12 0.936 1.001.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.951.00 0.33 1.00 8.68
Jan-13 0.938 1.001.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.951.00 0.33 1.00 8.70
Jul-13 0.939 1.000.99 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.951.00 0.33 1.00 8.71
Nov-13 0.939 1.000.99 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 0.951.00 0.33 1.00 8.71
Jan-140.941 1.000.991.00 1.001.00 1.00 0.951.000.33 1.00 8.73
Jul-140.941 1.000.991.00 1.001.00 1.00 0.951.000.33 1.00 8.73

Updated July 2014

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Accident record
DateType FatalitiesSerious injuries Minor/noneTotal on-board Operation*Class Score
02-Dec-05 737- 0 0 99 99 DSP Minor 0.25

Legend*:
C = Cargo - D = Domestic - F - Ferry - I = International
N = Non-scheduled - P = Passenger - S = Scheduled - T = Training

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Passenger fleet data
TypeNumber Years builtAverage age Age scoreFleet score
737-700 32003-2005 8.71.00 1.00
737-800 572001-2012 4.41.00 1.00
777-300ER5 2009-20103.8 1.001.00
A330-200 62000-2013 4.81.00 1.00
E190-100 172008-2011 4.41.00 1.00
ATR72-500 22011 2.01.00 0.75
ATR72-600 52012-2013 1.21.00 1.00
Total 952000-2013 4.41.00 0.99

Updated November 2013

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Other fleet data
TypeNumber Years builtAverage age Comments
737-700 12003 10.0Parked
737-800 102003-2008 7.5Leased out
737-800 2- - On order
777-300ER 52009-2010 3.8Leased out
ATR72-500 11- -On order
E-190AR 12009 4,0Parked
Total 30     

Updated July 2014

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Scheduled flight operations **
Average Current 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 20082007 2006 2005
141,320167,684* 167,684*167,684* 155,041137,072 141,024*151,851 119,111 104,233* 101,812*

Note: * - denotes incomplete or estimated data ** - merged airlines (Virgin Australia and V-Australia).

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