Virgin adds new aircraft and new cabin crew as demand picks up

Virgin Australia chief executive Jayne Hrdlicka.

Virgin Australia is ramping up its growth plans with an order for 10 new Boeing aircraft and 150 new cabin crew along with 220 former cabin crew returning to the carrier.

“We are hoping by mid-June we get back to 80 per cent pre-pandemic levels and we are gunning to get back to 100 per cent by the end of the year if we can get that done,” said Virgin Australia CEO Jayne Hrdlicka.

“More aircraft means more flying, and with easing travel restrictions, there are more opportunities to further support domestic tourism and the nation’s economic recovery from Covid-19.”

While Virgin has stated it is focusing on domestic routes for this year, Hrdlicka backed Qantas CEO Aland Joyce’s call for an opening of international borders.

“I agree with him it is time to get the borders back open,” she said.

“We have to learn how to live with Covid, and we have to get our borders open and we have to join the global economy as it restarts.”