AFTER a bleak two years for the brand, Virgin Australia was finally able to inform the market about some positive news last month, announcing that all of its staff would be stood back up from 01 December as it prepares for a major upswing in air travel.

On top of the retained staff, VA also revealed it is currently on the hunt for an extra 600 roles across the business, as the airline locks its sights on retaining at least 33% of the domestic market share.

One year on from being bought by private equity company Bain Capital, VA is now looking to ramp up its capacity to compete with rival Qantas, detailing plans to purchase seven Boeing 737NG aircraft in line with a broader growth strategy to significantly increase its 737 fleet.

“This fleet growth underlines the confidence have in the future of our business and the industry generally, VA CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said, adding that its outlook is being spurred on by rising vaccination rates, borders reopening and demand for air travel returning.

Virgin will resume short-haul international services from this month, starting with Fiji on 16 December and followed by Bali and New Zealand after that.

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