THE DELIVERY OF V AUSTRALIA'S FIRST 777-300ER afforded ATW Senior Editor Geoffrey Thomas the opportunity to spend a few days with Richard Branson, founder and chairman of Virgin Group, and Brett Godfrey, CEO of Virgin Blue and V Australia. You are launching V Australia in very difficult times. How confident are you that it will succeed? Branson: I have been in the industry 25 years. We have seen four major downturns in that time. We had 12 American airlines competing against us out of the UK ...

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