Virgin Australia Sponsorship
Sponsorship plays a valuable role in the promotion of Virgin Australia and support for the communities in which our airlines operate.
Each year the Virgin Australia group of airlines receives many requests for assistance. As we only have limited resources available, it is unfortunate that we cannot support all applications. Only proposals that deliver commercial or community benefits that align with the direction of our airline progress to evaluation.
For more information on becoming a Virgin Australia sponsored partner, please refer to our sponsorship guidelines.
The Virgin Australia group of airlines has an established program of community and philanthropic partnerships, with a specific focus on indigenous Australians and youth at risk. Virgin Australia team members are actively involved in these partnerships, which include:
Surf Life Saving Australia
Virgin Australia has partnered with Surf Life Saving Australia to take their important surf safety messages to our international and domestic travellers. Surf Life Saving has been looking after beachgoers for more than 100 years through patrols, public safety campaigns, and education and training. We are proud to support SLSA by doing our part to remind all guests to swim between the red and yellow flags while enjoying Australia’s beautiful beaches.
Virgin Australia proudly supports the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) – a mentoring program that partners university students in one-to-one mentoring relationships with Indigenous Australian high school students.
Virgin Australia is a wish-granting partner of the Starlight Foundation – an Australian charity that brightens the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children, and their families, throughout Australia. Virgin Australia flies Starlight children and their families across our domestic network to a range of popular tourist destinations.
Brisbane Youth Service
Virgin Australia team members are actively involved in supporting the Brisbane Youth Service via a six-month leadership program known as the Business Champions. The Brisbane Youth Service is a community-based organisation that works with homeless or at-risk young people, providing long-term assistance to help them understand their situation and make more positive choices.
Foodbank is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks and distributes food and grocery industry donations to welfare agencies which feed the hungry. Virgin Australia supports Foodbank nationally by helping to raise awareness of the charity and its aims and providing flights.
Virgin Australia supports Service NSW by sharing training materials, service framework and standards, employee engagement and cultural development activities to elevate Service NSW’s credentials to even greater heights. To date, Virgin Australia’s customer journey has been shared with more than 800 new Service NSW recruits.
The Walking Wounded
Virgin Australia proudly supports The Walking Wounded, a not-for-profit organisation committed to assisting the physical and psychological rehabilitation of returned Australian soldiers. The foundation's aim is to ensure a safe and healthy integration of wounded veterans back into the civilian community, through a range of support and counselling services.
Layne Beachley’s AIM for the Stars
Layne Beachley's Aim for the Stars Foundation (AFTS) provides financial and mentoring support to girls and women across Australia to help them achieve their dreams in academic, sport, business, environmental and community pursuits. Virgin Australia flies all scholarship recipients to Sydney to attend the mentoring program.
Channel 7 West Australian Telethon
Telethon is a West Australian based, registered charitable trust that provides financial support to the medical and social welfare of children and young people, and to fund research into children’s diseases. Virgin Australia is a proud supporter of Telethon, flying Seven Network Artists from the East Coast to Perth for the annual fundraising event.
Australian Air Force Cadets
The Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) is the nation’s leading community-based youth development organisation. The AAFC seeks to stimulate young Australians’ interests in both the Air Force and aviation in general, while providing them with outstanding opportunities to develop their personal and team qualities within a military setting. Virgin Australia will fly the cadets around the network during their 75th anniversary year as their platinum sponsor.
Australian Football League
Virgin Australia is proud to be the Official Airline of the Australian Football League (AFL), supporting all AFL team flight requirements across Australia and abroad throughout the year. The AFL is one of the most popular sporting competitions in Australia, drawing its strength from more than 700,000 Australian members of AFL clubs each year.
The Gold Coast SUNS
As the club's Official Airline and Sponsor, Virgin Australia takes great pride in supporting the Gold Coast SUNS – from match day presence at their home ground Metricon Stadium, to support in the air, servicing all flight requirements and team travel logistics.
Virgin Australia is proud to be a major partner of the Greater Western Sydney GIANTS – the AFL’s newest club. The GWS Giants were founded in 2009 and competed in their first AFL Premiership Season in 2012. The GIANTS have quickly formed a talented playing list and a passionate supporter base across Western Sydney and Canberra.
Carlton Football Club
Virgin Australia is proud to be the official airline sponsor of the Carlton Football Club, which boasts one of the most extensive business networks in Australian sport. In support of Carlton’s commitment to enhancing the match-day experience, Virgin Australia supports game-day activations during selected home games.
West Coast Eagles
West Coast Eagles Football Club and Virgin Australia have been in partnership since 2014, an arrangement that has provided the West Coast Eagles team and fans with fantastic opportunities to travel to away fixtures and finals.
Since entering the competition in 1995, Fremantle's hunger for success and never-say-die attitude has seen it develop into a strong, competitive club with one of the AFL's most passionate supporter bases. As one of the most travelled sides in the AFL, the Fremantle Dockers players, fans and staff have been flying with Virgin Australia since 2011 as the official AFL airline partner.
As the naming rights partner of the Supercars Championship, Virgin Australia supports teams and drivers as they fly across Australia and abroad during the Championship season. Supercars is the world’s leading Touring Car category and third highest attended sport in Australia.
National Basketball League
Virgin Australia proudly supports the National Basketball League (NBL) as Official Airline, ensuring all eight teams reach their destination during the 23 week season each year. Staged between October and April, the NBL is played in nine venues across regional and metropolitan Australia and New Zealand.
Basketball Australia is the governing and controlling body for the sport of basketball in Australia. Headquartered in Melbourne, Basketball Australia manages the men's national basketball team- Boomers, women's national basketball team- Opals, SEABL, national teams, national junior championships, 3X3 and basketball’s official junior game development program – Aussie Hoops.
Team Gardner Racing
Virgin Australia is the Official Airline Partner and Sponsor of Team Gardner Racing. Team Gardner Racing is a high performing Australian motorcycle riding family. The team consists of former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and touring car racer Wayne Gardner and his two sons Remy Gardner and Luca Gardner.
Arts and Entertainment
Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF)
Virgin Australia is delighted to be the principal and naming rights partner of Melbourne Fashion Festival. The festival is an iconic event, which shares our values of innovation, style and our commitment to fostering emerging and established local, Australian talent. The festival is held for a week, offering a diverse program of events to celebrate and inspire the fashion industry around Australia, from runways shows to cultural and business seminars.
Appetite for Excellence
Virgin Australia proudly supports Electrolux Appetite for Excellence, Australia’s only national hospitality awards program that recognises and awards talented chefs, waiters and restaurateurs who are the next generation of industry leaders. Founded by Luke Mangan and Lucy Allon, the program inspires young culinary talent by providing money-can’t-buy educational opportunities, unique experiences and enviable prizes, with the ultimate objective of creating a sustainable industry for young professionals and the industry alike.
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Virgin Australia is proud to be the first ever Principal Partner of the ACO, one of the world’s most distinguished touring ensembles. In 2015, ACO will celebrate its 40th anniversary as well as Artistic Director Richard Tognetti AO’s 25 years of leadership. Virgin is delighted to be the National Tour Partner of the inimitable The Four Seasons which will bookend the season in February and December.
For more information visit the Australian Chamber Orchestra Website
Biennale of Sydney
Virgin Australia has been supporting Biennale of Sydney since 2012 as their airline partner helping to provide flights for Artists to present at the Biennale. The Biennale of Sydney is one of the leading international art festivals in the country recognised for commissioning and presenting provocative, thought-provoking art from Australia and around the world. Established in 1973 it is largest and best-attended contemporary visual arts event showcasing the work of over 1,700 artists from over 100 countries.
BoS20 will present a three-month exhibition starting from 19th March until 5 June 2016, with accompanying program of artist talks, performances, forums, guided tours and other special events all of which are open to the public for free. Velocity Frequent Flyers will have the opportunity to attend Vernissage Week, the preview leading up to the Opening from 15-17 March by presenting their membership card at participating venues. For more information go to 20bos.com and book your Virgin Australia Holiday package now.
Virgin Australia is proud to sponsor Circus Oz - Australia’s premier, internationally acclaimed circus company. Credited with revitalising a traditional artform in a uniquely Australian way, Circus Oz is a rock ‘n’ roll, animal-free circus that has influenced the development of circus arts around the world since its foundation in 1978. Since then, Circus Oz has taken its self-crafted performances of wit, grace and spectacle to 27 countries across five continents to over 3.5 million people.
Expect two hours of breathtaking agility, death-defying stunts, awe-inspiring acrobatic performances, irreverent comedy and a spectacular live band.
For more information on Circus Oz, visit the website.
Jurassic World: The Exhibition
Virgin Australia is delighted to be the Official Airline Partner of the world premiere event of Jurassic World: The Exhibition. Based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, the Exhibition immerses audiences in scenes inspired by the film. The exhibition features encounters with realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs set in highly themed environments.
Palaeontologist Jack Horner, who served as a Paleontological Advisor on the Jurassic World film, is working with the exhibition to create an interactive educational experience, allowing guests of all ages to learn more about these incredible prehistoric creatures. Get closer to dinosaurs than ever before.
Our partnership was announced with the release of a video featuring a Velociraptor alongside a Virgin Australia aircraft. Book your unique Virgin Australia Holiday package now. Opens at Melbourne Museum from 19 March to 9 October 2016.
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
The two-site Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) connects people and art through a dynamic program of Australian and international exhibitions that showcase works from a diverse range of historical and contemporary artists. Located just 150 metres apart, within the Cultural Precinct at Brisbane’s South Bank, the two vibrant galleries offer distinct, yet complementary experiences.
For more information, visit Queensland Art Gallery - Gallery Of Modern Art.
Virgin Australia is proud to be Official Airline and Major Partner of The Queensland Ballet. Queensland Ballet is a vibrant, creative company which connects people and dance across Queensland. It is one of only three full-time professional ballet companies in Australia. Led by Artistic Director, Li Cunxin, the company engages renowned choreographers and designers from around the world and nurtures emerging local talent by presenting new works in an intimate studio series.
Sydney Dance Company
Virgin Australia is proud to sponsor the Sydney Dance Company - Australia’s leading contemporary dance company. Employing a full-time ensemble of sixteen dancers from around Australia and overseas, the company is led by Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela.
For more information, please visit Sydney Dance Company.
West Australian BalletEstablished in 1952, the West Australian Ballet is the first and oldest ballet company formed in Australia that is still in existence today. Since its formation, it has developed a reputation for superior classical and contemporary ballet and contemporary dance of the highest level. Based in Perth, the company’s extensive program tours regionally, nationally and internationally and has an extensive education program and other community activities including choreographic workshops.