Planning

Vision and Hearing Impairments

Travelling as a Vision or Hearing Impaired Guest

It is of utmost importance to us that all of our guests, including those who have a vision or hearing impairment, have a safe and enjoyable journey. If you require special, ‘individual’ assistance, at the airport or during flight, we ask that you tell us about it in advance. That way, we can plan for your arrival and ensure that your travel is hassle free.

How to Book

Bookings for vision impaired guests travelling with a Guide Dog or for vision impaired or hearing impaired guests who require special assistance must be made through our Guest Contact Centre (Internet discount fare will be honoured).

Vision impaired guests who are not travelling with a Guide Dog, or vision impaired and hearing impaired guests who do not require any special assistance at the airport or during the flight can make bookings online.

  • If calling from the United States and wish to use FedRelay services, please call one of the following then ask to be connected to V Australia on +27 11 461 6444:
    • (800) 877-8339 TTY(Text Telephone) / ASCII (American Standard Code For Information Interchange)
    • (877) 877-6280 VCO (Voice Carry Over)
    • (877) 877-8982 Speech-to-Speech
    • (800) 845-6136 Spanish
    • (800) 877-0996 Customer Service (Voice/TTY, ASCII and Spanish)
    • (866) 377-8642 Voice
    • (866) 893-8340 TeleBraille
  • We will ensure that information is included in your booking to make sure our team members at the airport and onboard are aware of any assistance you may require.

If you would like to use the Federal Video Relay service, please connect to www.myfedvrs.us, then request to be connected to Virgin Australia on 13 82 87.

If calling from anywhere else in the world, use your local TRS or TTY service number and request the operator to dial +61 7 3333 6888.

If you are travelling with a Guide Dog or an Assistance Dog, please refer to additional information provided in our Travelling with an Assistance Dog section.

Services

We provide a broad range of services to assist you within the airport and during your flight. Please discuss your requirements with our Guest Contact Centre at the time of booking. As a guide, the services we can provide include:

At the Airport

  • Meet and Assist – if you need assistance within the airport. If you require this service please make it known to a check-in team member on your arrival at the airport.
  • Visual aids at check-in to ensure you are able to understand the responsibilities in regards to dangerous goods.
  • We would like to provide you with the best service possible, so let us know whether you lip read, or would like a member of our team to use a pen and paper, or to speak louder.
  • Our team members will let you know when pre-boarding has commenced and will take you to the aircraft door or to your seat.
  • Flight arrival and departure screens are visible throughout the airport terminal and are kept up-to-date with any flight time or gate changes – announcements with this information are also made for vision impaired guests.
  • We are unable to assist with kerbside assistance outside the terminal. If you require this level of assistance we recommend you travel with or have a companion.

During Your Flight

  • You will board first and be provided with an individual safety briefing.
  • If you have communicated to us in advance that you are deaf, blind or hard of hearing or sight, our crew will be aware of your location in the aircraft.
  • We provide Braille and large print safety instruction manuals onboard all our aircraft.
  • If you require the attention of our crew – at any time when the illuminated seatbelt sign is not lit – call bells are located on the control panel above your seat.
  • Our complimentary in-flight magazine, Voyeur contains helpful and entertaining information for the hearing impaired.

On Arrival

  • At your request we can assist you with domestic and some international short haul connections, and to the baggage carousel.