A Virgin Australia cabin supervisor said an emotional thank you to crew and passengers after landing in Dunedin, New Zealand on March 24, as the airline announced 8,000 staff would be stood down due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’d like to say that there’s every chance that this could be our last operating flight and it is most certainly the last for the foreseeable future,” cabin supervisor Cassy says in a video shared to the Virgin Australia Twitter account.
“To our guests, thank you so much for your smiles and interactions, it’s you who help to make our day so enjoyable. We wish you all the best in these testing times.”
“Now to my crew. Words don’t describe the family bond that we all share. I count myself extremely lucky to have had the pleasure of working alongside you all.”
In a caption alongside the video, Virgin Australia said: “Today has been a hard day for us all.”
“We truly believe it is our people that make a difference. Cassy, one of our New Zealand based Cabin Supervisors, put into words what many of us haven’t been able to today.”
Virgin Australia cut 80 per cent of its workforce and stopped 90 per cent of its services after travel bans were enforced around the world to stifle the spread of COVID-19. Credit: Virgin Australia via Storyful