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Australia Virgin Australia boss unable to guarantee airline's future

02:50  26 march  2020
02:50  26 march  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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a airplane that is sitting on a runway at an airport:  Virgin Australia has stood down 8000 workers and slashed domestic flights amid the coronavirus fallout. (AAP Image/Daniel Munoz) NO ARCHIVING © AAP Virgin Australia has stood down 8000 workers and slashed domestic flights amid the coronavirus fallout. (AAP Image/Daniel Munoz) NO ARCHIVING The boss of Virgin Australia says the company is fighting to save jobs of 8000 workers stood down but can't guarantee the airline's future.

Paul Scurrah, the carrier's CEO, spoke to Today after management stood down about 8000 of 10,000 workers until at least the end of May and further slashed domestic flights in the wake of tighter border restrictions.

"Yesterday we made several announcements and those announcements were tough but they needed to be done to get us into a position to manage through this crisis and to be in a position and set us up to be as healthy as possible when the crisis is over," Mr Scurrah said.

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A Virgin Australia flight attendant has given an emotional message to passengers as thousands of staff are stood down due to the coronavirus. 'I'd like to just say that there' s every chance possible that this can be our last operating flight and most certainly is the last for the foreseeable future ,' Cassy said.

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"We have made sure we took very tough decisions to slow down the cash burn on our organisation.

"That took the very hard decision of standing down 8000 employees."

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Mr Scurrah said efforts were underway to find some Virgin workers temporary positions with other companies such as Commonwealth Bank, Optus and Aldi.

He told host Karl Stefanovic that every airline around the world was struggling with the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic.

"Our intention is to make sure we survive," Mr Scurrah said.

Virgin airline. © Getty Virgin airline. 'The issue with this crisis, Karl, is no-one knows how long it will go for.

"We are making an assumption it will go longer than others predict and we have taken the necessary measures to manage through this crisis.

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"The chief executive of the International Air Transport Association told the world that $436 billion will be trained out of airlines because of this crisis and that no airline survives the crisis if it goes longer than predicted."

Virgin Australia. © Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP Photo Virgin Australia. He was speaking after a Virgin cabin crew member bade an emotional farewell to passengers on their last flight yesterday - revealing the human face of the airline crisis.

"There is every chance possible this could be our last operating flight and most certainly is the last for the foreseeable future. It's remarkable how we have all banded together during this chaos and I'm so proud of how you continue to hold heads high," the flight attendant said.

Passengers at the Brisbane Airport domestic terminal yesterday after Virgin Australia stood down 8000 workers and slashed domestic flights. © AAP Passengers at the Brisbane Airport domestic terminal yesterday after Virgin Australia stood down 8000 workers and slashed domestic flights. Mr Scurrah denied Virgin Australia had lobbied the Federal Government for a $1 billion bailout but said Canberra would need to support the entire airline industry when the crisis ends.

Virgin Australia boss unable to guarantee airline's future

  Virgin Australia boss unable to guarantee airline's future The boss of Virgin Australia says the company is fighting to save jobs of 8000 workers stood down but can't guarantee the airline's future.Paul Scurrah, the carrier's CEO, spoke to Today after management stood down about 8000 of 10,000 workers until at least the end of May and further slashed domestic flights in the wake of tighter border restrictions.

Its major domestic competitor, Virgin Australia , is also suffering, posting its own first-half net loss of Aus " Airlines are providing essential services but there is more than one airline , and what you do for one business "The best way to guarantee the security of Australian jobs is to have a profitable, fit

"We plan to return Tigerair Australia and Virgin Australia to the skies as soon as it' s viable to do so," Mr Scurrah said. "However, I am mindful that how we operate today may look different when we get to the other side of The airline said they would be able to draw down on accrued leave entitlements.

"We are asking the government to support the sector. There is 600,000 or more than 600,000 people who work in the travel and tourism industry," he said.

"We are not advocating for just Virgin to be supported."

Mr Scurrah did not rule out asking for extra funding from major shareholders such as Singapore Airlines.

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