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Virgin Blue Hits A Century: 100th Group of Cabin Crew Students Graduate

13/08/2007

After seven years of interviewing more than 7200 applicants and training those successful for more than 2600 positions, the 100th group of Virgin Blue Cabin Crew students have passed their exams and been given their ‘wings’ to fly.


In celebration of this momentous occasion, the 28 newest team members to join the ranks of Virgin Blue’s Cabin Crew officially graduated at a special ‘Wings Night’ event in Brisbane, a company tradition that began when the very first group of Cabin Crew graduated in 2000.


Since that time more than 43,000 people have registered their interest online for positions as Cabin Crew with Virgin Blue, with over 10,000 applicants currently awaiting review.


Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey, said, “I congratulate not only our most recent graduates for passing what is a very intense training course, but also our team members from recruitment, training, uniforms and pay roll who have fulfilled an incredible task in finding, educating, clothing and remunerating thousands of successful applicants over the last seven years”.


An enormous amount of man hours goes into training Cabin Crew to the highest levels in line with safety and CASA requirements and Virgin Blue’s service promise.


Before Cabin Crew are able to operate a scheduled service they undertake over 200 hours of face-to-face training over five weeks involving comprehensive theory and practical sessions, 30 hours of testing and endless hours of private study.


Once they have graduated Cabin Crew spend two weeks under the supervision of a colleague before they are able to operate independently. Training, compliance and testing is then an ongoing aspect of the role for all Virgin Blue Cabin Crew to ensure maintenance of the highest safety and service standards.


Since launching in 2000, Virgin Blue Cabin Crew have gone through 10,000 pairs of shoes, 12,000 skirts and 38,000 collared shirts. They have also served more than 61,000 cups of coffee, over 80,000 packets of cheese and crackers, and collectively flew around 20,400 hours in the last 12 months.


Multi award winning airline Virgin Blue and international carriers Pacific Blue and Polynesian Blue currently operate a fleet of  53 modern Boeing 737 aircraft flying to 22 Australian and eight international destinations including New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands.  Virgin Blue was the first airline in the world to launch a Government-certified carbon offset program, where Guests can offset the carbon emissions from their flights for as little as $1.