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Emirates, Virgin America win Passenger Choice Awards

Emirates, Virgin America win Passenger Choice Awards Sep 13th, 2011 at 4:00PM: Window or aisle? Coffee or Coke? Choices for airline passengers are shrinking faster than the on-board snack. But there are some airlines that are still mindful of the passenger experience and they were announced last night at the 2011 Passenger Choice Awards. Winning the top awards for Best Overall Passenger Experience were Emirates and Virgin America. The top awards were split between larger...

Gadling's favorite airlines for 2011

Gadling's favorite airlines for 2011 Dec 9th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Even with airlines falling over themselves in an effort to generate profits out of new fees and charges, flying retains some glamour and excitement. No? Not working for you? Well there are mileage programs to exploit and perks to chase. And even in the direst landscape for customers, there are always new routes to sample, smiling flight attendants to befriend, and reliable pilots to thank for...

Win a surf vacation to Byron Bay, Australia

Win a surf vacation to Byron Bay, Australia Nov 5th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Have you ever wanted to visit Australia? How about learn to surf? If you said yes to either one, or both, of those questions, then we've got just the contest for you. Tourism New South Wales is sponsoring a contest in which one lucky winner, and their guest, will be whisked off to Australia for five days of fun and sun on the lovely beaches of Byron Bay. Once there, they'll learn how to surf and...

Virgin America, VAustralia, Virgin Blue offer frequent flyer partnership points

Virgin America, VAustralia, Virgin Blue offer frequent flyer partnership points Apr 2nd, 2010 at 10:30AM: I love when family members play well together. News from the Virgin camp: flyers on any of the carriers three brands - Virgin America, VAustralia and Virgin Blue - will have the option to earn points on any of the three loyalty programs. "Travelers around the world seek out Virgin airlines for their unrivalled value, brilliant service and innovative amenities, and we're pleased to partner...

Daily Pampering: V Australia Business Class service to Sydney

Daily Pampering: V Australia Business Class service to Sydney Jan 15th, 2010 at 4:00PM: Seats 5H and 5K are the best two seats in V Australia's fleet. Nestled in the back right corner of business class, these two lie flat seats are separated from the rest of the cabin by a series of curtains, creating a minature, private room in which one can cross the Pacific Ocean. Combined with V Australia's top quality service and inflight product, its a 14 hour journey that will breeze by in...

US bound flight grounded after "prank" September 11th bomb threat

US bound flight grounded after Sep 13th, 2009 at 11:00AM: A 21 year old electricians apprentice on his way from Brisbane to Los Angeles thought it would be fun to announce to fellow passengers that he had a bomb in his possession. When the plane was still on the ground in Brisbane, he made the threat using the seatback entertainment system chat room. One passenger then alerted the crew, and the captain decided to have the passenger removed from his...

4320 minutes in LA: V Australia challenges Aussies to weekend in Los Angeles

4320 minutes in LA: V Australia challenges Aussies to weekend in Los Angeles Jul 8th, 2009 at 2:30PM: Now that the Sydney - Los Angeles route is well populated with flights and good prices, Aussies and Americans alike can mull the concept of long weekends overseas. Much like New Yorkers jaunt to Paris or London for a weekend of shopping and hedonism, jetsetters can now cross the pacific for an action packed weekend between surf towns. As part of the launch initiative, V Australia is kicking off a...

Gadlinks for Wednesday 6.3.09

Gadlinks for Wednesday 6.3.09 Jun 3rd, 2009 at 7:00PM: Welcome to Gadlinks! This is the inaugural post of what will be Gadling's daily trip around the travel blogosphere. Aaron and I will be bringing you the newest and coolest travel news, updates, anecdotes, and insights from the world wide web. Just think of us as your very own travel link forum. You can count on us every weekday evening. Who needs the morning paper when you have Gadlinks? Hooray...

How to destroy V Australia's $23M flight simulator

How to destroy V Australia's $23M flight simulator Apr 7th, 2009 at 9:30AM: I thought that I was the luckiest person in the world when Ken Pascoe and Marty Khoury, two pilots from V Australia invited me, a lowly blogger, out to visit them and their flight simulator out in Australia last week. Sure, I edit a travel blog and I do run Linux, but that usually can only get me so far. So I was thrilled to accept the invitation and join the crew out in Silverwater, just outside...

Inside V Australia's Boeing 777 flight simulator

Inside V Australia's Boeing 777 flight simulator Mar 31st, 2009 at 11:00AM: When I was invited out to visit V Australia's 777 on it's maiden voyage from Seattle - Los Angeles - Sydney earlier this year, poor Amanda Bolger from public relations had no idea what she was signing up for. Sitting in the cockpit with Ken Pascoe, the pater familias of VA pilots, we took a couple of photos and he casually mentioned "Hey, if you come out to Sydney we should take out the...

Behind the Scenes of the V Australia 777 tour

Behind the Scenes of the V Australia 777 tour Feb 11th, 2009 at 1:00PM: When any Virgin company throws a party, it's usually in your best interest to show up. Whether this is a Virgin American inaugural flight with Victoria's Secret models, a Virgin Galactic tour in the Mojave Desert or plain old marketing schlep, you're almost always guaranteed to meet a few friendly faces, have a few drinks and learn something interesting about the Virgin brand. Last week's...

Onboard V Australia's Boeing 777

Onboard V Australia's Boeing 777 Feb 10th, 2009 at 9:00AM: This past Friday, Gadling got a special invitation to tour V Australia's new Boeing 777 jumbo jet, the aircraft that will soon fly routes between California and Australia on the world's newest airline. We'll get to into all of the hobknobbery of the event in a forthcoming post, but for now, lets take a look through the aircraft. Each Boeing 777-300 has three classes of service: Business,...

Richard Branson christens the new V Australia 777 in LAX

Feb 7th, 2009 at 5:00PM: V Australia's new Boeing 777 aircraft arrived in Los Angeles on its way down to Sydney yesterday. Onboard were Richard Branson, the mayor of Los Angeles and a few other dignitaries, and when the aircraft rolled onto the Imperial Highway tarmac they naturally had to pop a bottle of Champagne. So after the creature came to a halt in front of the eager crowd, a red carpet was unrolled on the wing and...

Tune in for the V Australia 777 Launch

Tune in for the V Australia 777 Launch Feb 5th, 2009 at 4:00PM: The world's newest Transpacific carrier takes delivery of their first Boeing 777 aircraft this week, as executives from V Australia and Virgin converge in Los Angeles for the ceremony. Tomorrow afternoon, Richard Branson and top brass will pick up the aircraft in Washington and shuttle it down to LAX, where a fanfare of media pawns, cocktails and schmoozing will welcome the group. On arrival,...

New Virgin V Australia flights to fly between Sydney and Los Angeles

New Virgin V Australia flights to fly between Sydney and Los Angeles Apr 2nd, 2008 at 10:00AM: Is Richard Branson singing you to sleep and feeding you oatmeal in the morning yet? No? Well then he hasn't yet nuzzled his way completely into your life. Not to fear, you'll be wearing Virgin loafers and listening to Virgin Radio on your Virgin phone some day soon. Branson's newest airline venture, an off-shoot of Virgin-Blue, the new Australian Low Cost Carrier, is called simply V Australia. He...

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