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    Flight Operations, Network & Revenue, Resource & Workforce Planning, Airline & Network Operations

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Schedule Planner

Schedule Planner
Full time

Hello. We’re Virgin Australia. And we’re back (in a big way).

We’re the airline that’s always done things a little different. Our way. The Virgin way. For us, flying is so much more than simply taking off and landing (although we understand that is quite important). It’s about going the extra mile, in the air and on the ground, to create authentic experiences that put our guests firmly at the heart of everything we do. 

What you will be doing:

The objective of the Schedule Planner role is to lead the development and delivery of domestic and international schedules in consultation/negotiation with a variety of commercial and operational stakeholders.

You will report into the Manager, Schedule Management and be responsible in leading the development of seasonal/monthly schedules, ensuring they are optimised and published into the reservation system/GDS and other internal company systems. You will develop different scheduling scenarios as required, including budgets and reforecasts as directed. Furthermore, you will optimise monthly and short to medium term schedules, identifying network opportunities, connections, resolving operational constraints, meeting the predicted OTP target and deliver schedules to internal and external customers accurately and on time. You will be required to recommend and implement tactical changes to actively optimise the monthly schedule, through evaluating capacity, timings, connections (VA metal and partner airlines), and resolve operational problems while meeting the commercial needs of the business.

This role requires an ability to maintain effective relationships with stakeholders, by providing expert advice and circulating scheduling options to various stakeholders to gain resolution on preferred schedule to be implemented. You will also be required to support, mentor and develop junior team members. 

Key Responsibilities -

  • Meet predetermined deadlines for the delivery of detailed & accurate schedule data to internal and external customers
  • Build & maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Ensure fleet numbers are allocated correctly for required flying programme including allocation of Operational and Engineering spares
  • Distribute key reports for stakeholder review and feedback, communicate changes and act as a specialist advisor on scheduling or slot related matters
  • Apply for and manage seasonal/medium term and/or ad-hoc slots at specified airports
  • Ensure fleet numbers are allocated correctly for required flying programme including allocation of Operational and Engineering spares
  • Effectively integrate the operational spare to meet predicted OTP target
  • Provide timely and quality advice to assist the business to arrive at a mutually agreeable position on schedule constraints
  • Continually develop and recommend enhancements in processes to improve/streamline work practices
  • Mentor and coach Schedule Coordinator(s) 

The ideal candidate:

You are an experienced Schedule Planner in the slot and application process for Airline Schedule Planning. You have a high level understanding of the role schedule planning plays in an airline, and a full understanding of the WASG. You are comfortable working under pressure and enjoy working in a team environment. You have strong analytical skills and attention to detail. Your previous leadership/mentoring experience will serve you well as you will position yourself in this team as a trusted advisor and mentor due to your credibility as a subject matter expert. 

Experience and skills - 

  • Minimum 3 years Airline Schedule Planning
  • Strong airline schedule planning experience
  • SABRE Schedule or Slot Manager experience (highly desirable)
  • Knowledge of the slot application process
  • Outstanding organisational, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent computer literacy
  • Ability to work autonomously and under pressure
  • A collaborator and team player

What you’ll get from us

We’re committed to looking after you, with some of the best benefits and conditions in the industry – including (but not limited to):

  • Heavily discounted air travel for you and your loved ones (including $1000 worth of travel credits per year)
  • Flexible working arrangements (including work hours and work from home)
  • Discounts on travel insurance, car hire, accommodation and experiences worldwide
  • Discounted Virgin Australia Lounge membership
  • Hospitality, retail, technology, beauty services and wellness discounts
  • Wellness support, including the betterme digital wellbeing platform
  • A comprehensive Employee Assistance Program, which offers confidential coaching and support from qualified professionals for all aspects of life – physical, mental, social and financial
  • Dress for Your Day – enjoy the freedom to wear whatever is appropriate for the type of work you do and the day you have ahead of you

Equality rules

We’re all individuals. We love that. That’s why we encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people with disability, those from diverse cultural backgrounds, our friends in the LGBTQI+ community, and anyone else who wants to join our family.


The safety and security of our people, guests and operations come first. Always. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive ‘Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy’. In a nutshell, to work with us, you’ll need to comply with our (and the airport’s) rules and regulations. And be fully vaxxed.

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