Our diverse fleet consists of narrow and wide-body aircraft to provide you with the opportunity to increase your skills and grow your career. You will also have the opportunity to experience a range of different flying into interesting and challenging destinations, such as the regional, short haul international and long haul international route network.
Our fleet comprises of the following aircraft types:
- Boeing 737
- Fokker 100
- Airbus A320
Virgin Australia is one of Australia’s largest operators of fly-in fly-out, corporate and leisure charter aircraft. We have had consistent year on year increase in adhoc charters on VAA aircraft, with entertainment industry, corporate events and sports groups being key focus areas.
Charter includes increased FIFO charter growth on VAA aircraft, with three new East Coast ports inducted for charter within the past year.
Virgin Australia has an increased focus on charter at executive level, with a number of initiatives in the pipeline.
The below statement comes from Arjan Kalsi, First Officer B737
Growing up we were not wealthy. My Dad was a refugee as a child and did his best providing for us. I had to pay for most of my education and flying post high school, every job I've had since I left (state) school at 16 has been both good and not so good.
I started as a charter pilot/ flight instructor at the age of 18 after flying training, then flying in Kenya, Angola as well as the Middle East (Kuwait and Dubai) with the United Nations World Food Program (UNFP).
At the age of 24 I moved to Darwin and Cairns flying Maritime patrol with Australian Customs followed and then finally Virgin Blue / Australia since 2007. I am lucky I didn't pay the ultimate price like a few of my colleagues. Airline flying is not glamorous however being entrusted to pilot one of those large aircraft cannot be described in words. It's certainly a privilege.
Why I like working at Virgin?
Because it enables me to continue my affair with aviation something that started at an early age. It helps provide my family a good standard of living within Australia. The people I work with on a day to day basis are like minded and enjoy the dynamics and work together through many of the challenges that come with being a pilot today. Is it the perfect job? Frankly I don't think such a job exists, but like most things in life, what you put into it is what you get out of it and I consider myself lucky to be a B737 pilot for Virgin Australia.