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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Premier welcomes Virgin Australia upgrade at Brisbane Airport

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Wednesday, September 09, 2015

    Premier welcomes Virgin Australia upgrade at Brisbane Airport

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has joined Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson to unveil a major upgrade to Virgin Australia’s Lounge and terminal facilities at Brisbane Domestic Airport.

    Premier Palaszczuk said the upgrade was a further sign of Virgin Australia’s firm commitment to Queensland.

    “This enhancement of Virgin Australia’s Brisbane Airport facilities is a show of confidence in our great state as a place to do business. It’s a commitment to Queensland jobs, and Queensland tourism,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “It’s now 15 years since the Queensland Government partnered with Virgin to establish their operational headquarters in Brisbane. And it’s 15 years since Virgin Blue’s first flight in Australia – from Brisbane to Sydney on 31 August 2000,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “Back then the airline had one route, two aircraft, and a team of 200. 

    “Today Virgin Australia flies to 16 Queensland destinations and employs about 10,000 people across Australia – including more than 3000 in Brisbane.” 

    Sir Richard Branson described today’s unveiling as a significant milestone. 

    “I couldn’t be prouder of the team at Virgin Australia and all that they have achieved,” he said.

    “Queensland has always felt like a second home to me. Brisbane and the broader Queensland market are an integral part of Virgin Australia’s flight network and today sets a new benchmark for all travellers at Brisbane Domestic Airport. 

    “After arriving here at Brisbane Domestic Airport today and experiencing the new facilities myself, I believe Australians enjoy one of the best domestic travel experiences in the world,” he said. 

    Sir Richard said Virgin Australia had worked closely with Brisbane Airport Corporation to invest in upgrading the terminal facilities, including creating more spacious, comfortable facilities at the gates, seven new aerobridges and 16 new retailers. 

    The new Virgin Australia Lounge has seating for more than 440 Business class passengers and eligible guests, with separate areas to work, rest and unwind. 

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