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Virgin Australia statement regarding engineering in Australia
Source: Virgin Australia
17/02/2012

Virgin Australia Group Executive of Operations, Sean Donohue, said today that during calendar year 2011,
66 per cent of the airline’s airframe maintenance was performed in Australia.
“We continue to grow our engineering and maintenance workforce in Australia,” Mr Donohue said.
“In the 2012 calendar year we will grow our engineering and maintenance workforce in Australia by 12 per
cent.”
Virgin Australia has major engineering and maintenance bases in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, with
significant line maintenance presences in Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast and Canberra.
In total, the airline has engineers permanently based at 14 airports across Australia.
“Across our entire fleet for financial year 2012, half of our heavy maintenance will be performed here in
Australia; including all of our Embraer fleet heavy maintenance and some of our B737 fleet,” Mr Donohue
added.
“Of the heavy maintenance work not done in Australia; the bulk of this is performed in New Zealand, which
has been an established practice for our business for some years.
“We also have plans for construction of a new maintenance hangar at Sydney Airport due for completion in
mid-2014. This facility is expected to generate more than 300 jobs.”

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