Virgin Australia will bolster its fleet with the addition of ten Boeing 737s over the coming months as the airline eyes an uptick in domestic demand and a restart for of New Zealand flights.
All of the jets have been leased back from previous lessors who supplied the same jets before the airline collapsed into administration in April 2020.
The first three aircraft will rejoin Virgin this month, with the remainder progressively arriving through to October.
Virgin says it will also launch a recruitment drive "to fill more than 150 additional cabin crew roles" in addition to bringing back some 220 cabin crew previously stood down.
"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," says Virgin Australia Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka.
Virgin was a surprising non-starter for the Australia-New Zealand travel bubble, which will see quarantine-free flights take off from Monday April 19, leaving the trans-Tasman market to Qantas and Air New Zealand.
Hrdlicka last month remarked that a return to overseas flying "will be one of the first things we do."
"It will be anywhere where a (Boeing) 737 can fly, so that will include New Zealand, Fiji and Bali."
The airline's current NZ plans will see most services to the Cloudy Isles resume on 31 October 2021.
Virgin's VARA regional arm will also bring its Airbus A320s onto mainline routes such as Perth-Darwin, Perth-Broome and Perth-Adelaide from next month, to further free up Boeing 737s for other markets.
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