The airline suspended all international flights from March 30 through June 14.

By Alison Fox
April 01, 2020
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The airline industry may be severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but a few Australian flight attendants tried to make the best of it by sending off its last international flight with a joy-inducing dance number.

Virgin Australia, which suspended all international flights from March 30 through June 14, gave its last departure a jolt of positivity with a choreographed dance set a rendition of Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin.'

The video included uniformed crew dancing and waving on the tarmac as the plane pushed off while even more crew danced inside the terminal — complete with hand motions typically reserved for pointing out emergency exits.

“Brisbane International! What an amazing send off to our last international departure (for a little while),” the airline wrote in a tweet with the video. “Thank you team for keeping our spirits high! We can't wait to see what the welcome back party looks like.”

The video, which was posted on Monday, has since been viewed more than 14,000 times.

"Our people and their Virgin spirit are the heart of our brand, and this is evident in the send-off our crew gave for our last international departure (for a little while)," an airline spokesperson told Newsweek about the video. "Not only are our crew exceptionally talented when it comes to service, but turns out they've got a few dance moves too! We can't wait to see what the welcome back party looks like."

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The airline decided on the international flight suspension “in response to expanded government travel restrictions and increased impacts from COVID-19 on travel demand,” according to a March statement.

“We have entered an unprecedented time in the global aviation industry, which has required us to take significant action to responsibly manage our business while balancing traveller demands and supporting the wellbeing of Australians,” the company’s CEO and Managing Director Paul Scurrah said in the statement announcing the service suspension in the middle of March. “We have responded by making tough decisions which include reducing our domestic capacity and phasing in the temporary suspension of international flying for a period of two and a half months.”

Australia had recorded more than 4,800 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tracking of the pandemic.

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