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Virgin Australia Celebrates First International Flight Since Relaunch With Service to Fiji

This morning, Virgin Australia celebrated their first international flight since the airline’s relaunch with service between Sydney and Fiji. Guests were treated to an epic pre-flight party with live entertainment, premium gifts and free domestic return tickets.


Virgin Australia's CEO Jayne Hrdlicka and Team Members Celebrate the Airline's First International Flight Since Relaunching 12 Months Ago - Courtesy Virgin Australia

On Thursday (December 16, 2021), Virgin Australia announced the launch of their first international flight since the airline’s relaunch 12 months ago with service between Sydney and Fiji. Prior to this morning’s flight, guests were treated to an epic first-class party featuring live entertainment, festive snacks and beverages, as well as premium gifts, including free Economy return domestic tickets. Fijian-Australian and 2022 Eurovision contestant, Paulina Curuenavuli, performed a version of Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ with Virgin Australia crew taking center stage as backup dancers. In celebration of the inaugural international flight, the carrier has also launched a 48-hour Fiji sale with fares from only $369 available until midnight on Friday, December 17, 2021 (or until sold out). Virgin Australia will operate daily Sydney-Fiji service, before returning to Bali and New Zealand in the new year.


Speaking from Sydney International Airport this morning, Virgin Australia’s CEO, Jayne Hrdlicka, said,


“Today is a significant day for Virgin Australia and our wonderful team members with the commencement of our first international flight since our relaunch 12 months ago. Australians love Fiji and Virgin Australia is getting travellers there at great value. Prior to the pandemic, Virgin Australia held the highest market share of any other Australian carrier for services operated to Fiji and we aim to continue being very competitive.


“We also know how important it is to our guests that we have a comprehensive network of flights operated by Virgin Australia and our partner airlines, so they can explore the world and build their businesses. Earlier this week we launched a fantastic new partnership with United Airlines which significantly increases our reach into the Americas. This is another great example of how we are doing things differently to create more travel opportunities for our customers to destinations all around the world.


Fijian-Australian and 2022 Eurovision Contestant, Paulini Curuenavuli Performs 'Like a Virgin' With Cabin Crew Back up Dancers at Sydney International Airport on Thursday, December 16, 2021 - Courtesy Virgin Australia

“The mood in the airport has been electric today. It’s really heart-warming to see how excited our guests are to be travelling overseas again. We also love surprising and delighting our guests and it was great to see the looks on their faces when we gifted everyone a free return Economy flight anywhere on the Virgin Australia domestic network. As a business we’re going from strength to strength, and today’s flight is another big step forward in our transformation journey and demonstrates our commitment to our team and our guests.”


Many Virgin Australia crewmembers who recently returned to work also joined today’s celebration, as the occasion marked another important milestone for the airline and the recovery of the travel and tourism industry. Virgin Australia plans on expanding their international network in the coming months with the resumption of service to Fiji from Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as to Bali and Queenstown, New Zealand.



Source: Virgin Australia

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