Virgin Australia today said 8,000 staff would be stood down due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
With emotions at an all-time high, after a scheduled safety address upon landing in New Zealand, Virgin Australia cabin supervisor Cassy gave a stirring speech to passengers which was met with a huge applause.
“I’d like to just say that there’s every chance possible that this can be our last operating flight and most certainly is the last for the foreseeable future,” Cassy said in the video posted by the airline.
“As crew we’ve called the skies our home for so long it’s a little surreal knowing we’ve come back down to earth one last time.
“On behalf of the entire Virgin Australia team, we wish you all the best during these testing times. Please take care of yourselves, your neighbours and stay safe.”
Cassy said it is remarkable how “we’ve all banded together through this chaos”.
“I’m so proud of how you [the crew] continue to hold your heads high. Remember that tough times don’t last, tough people do,” she said.