Virgin ATR's Days Are Numbered

Sunday 29/04/2017 10:20pm

In news this week, Virgin Australia announced that their QLD Fleet operations for the ATR will be wound up - Starting July 2017.

In a fleet optimisation plan that's long been flag-posted, the airline will commence the withdrawal of their ATR 72-500 fleet (of which they hold 6) as well as 2 of the ATR 72-600's. 

Fortunately, the closure of QLD Turboprop operations in QLD will not lead to job losses, with the Airline in consultation with the effected staff to ensure they are retrained on other airframes within the VA family, or able to continue operating on the ATR's within NSW, ACT and VIC where the remainder of the fleet will be used.

ATR 72-500 Airframes to be retired: VH-FVH / FVL / FVM / FVU and FVX

The ATR 72-600's have not yet been confirmed. 

Virgin is currently looking into it's options for the QLD Regional services they operate. The airline is wet-leasing Fokker 70s from Alliance Aviation on the Emerald-Brisbane service.

The ATR and Embraer withdrawal from service is part of a plan released in June 2016 by the airline to stem the financial losses it's incurred in recent times. 

Author: James Lusher