Virgin Australia celebrates 10 years of service
On January 29th 2004, Virgin Australia, once known as Virgin Blue, had its inaugural flight from Christchurch in New Zealand to Brisbane, Australia.
Virgin Australia, a Rusada customer and Envision user, used its 10th anniversary to announce eight new codeshare services with Delta, Etihad and Singapore Airlines.
Under the new agreement Virgin Australia will codeshare on Seattle and Boston flights with Delta, on Zurich, Minsk, Medina and Rome services with Etihad Airways and Athens and Brunei services with Singapore Airlines.
For those of you that don’t know, code sharing is, quite simply, an agreement between two or more airlines to list certain flights in a reservation system under each other’s names.
Both the airlines and the passengers can see the advantages from codesharing. Flights from Virgin Australia and Etihad / Singapore / Delta will fly the same route: this provides an apparent increase in the frequency of service on the route by one airline. From the passengers perspective it gives a shared responsibility between the carriers. When flying between two cities without a single-airline connection, the passenger can pick a codeshared flight over two airlines or two flights booked separately. If the flights are not codeshared, then the second airline has no responsibility if the passenger or luggage misses the second flight due to a delay with the first. Under a codeshared flight, the second airline is unlikely to charge extra fees or deny boarding should the first, cooperating airline cause a delay.
So, what does this mean to Rusada? Well, apart from supplying VAU with our Envision software for their Planning, Tech Records and Logistics, it will mean that our software now has a greater reach, which, in turn, could open avenues for the use of Envision at more Service Centres across the world. Current line maintenance personnel locations include Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Singapore, Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi.
Everybody at Rusada would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Virgin Australia on 10 very successful years in the sky.