Podcast #36: Behind the Virgin Australia Cockpit Door

Podcast #36: Behind the Virgin Australia Cockpit Door
Chris Bournelis in a Virgin Australia 737 cockpit. Photo: Supplied/Chris Bournelis.

As Virgin Australia’s voluntary administration process continues, frequent flyers with travel credits or Velocity points are getting nervous. But what’s it like for the airline’s pilots whose jobs are on the line?

Chris Bournelis is a Boeing 737 First Officer for Virgin Australia. You may know him as AviatorInsight, a regular contributor to AFF’s Ask The Pilot thread. Chris has also been a Captain on the Saab 340 for Regional Express and a Second Officer for Virgin Australia on the Boeing 777.

In Episode 36 of AFF on AIR, Chris joins Matt to discuss life as a Virgin Australia pilot and talk about all things relating to flying!

Chris Bournelis at Ayers Rock (Uluru) Airport
Chris Bournelis at Ayers Rock (Uluru) Airport. Photo: Supplied/Chris Bournelis.

Note: Chris Bournelis joined Matt again in December 2020 in Episode 51 of AFF on Air.

Listen now to AFF on AIR Episode 36: “Behind the Virgin Australia Cockpit Door”

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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

You can contact Matt at [email protected]
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AmaZing podcast. So insightful
Thanks Matt