Virgin Australia and Boeing embark on mentoring program

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Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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Virgin Australia and Boeing Australia have embarked on a groundbreaking mentoring initiative, marking a significant step forward in their newly established sustainability partnership.

This program, the first of its kind between the two organizations, is a testament to their shared commitment to fostering growth, development, and sustainable practices.

It is one of the first initiatives under the two organisations’ sustainability partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which was inked in Seattle in late June following the delivery of Virgin Australia’s first 737-8 aircraft.

Virgin Australia – Boeing mentorship framework

Under this innovative mentorship framework, Virgin Australia’s CEO, Jayne Hrdlicka, will personally guide and mentor Jennifer Hill, Finance General Manager at Boeing Aerostructures Australia.

In turn, Boeing’s President for Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific, Maria Fernandez, will mentor Emma Craighead, Head of Revenue Management at Virgin Australia.

This mentorship endeavor, spanning a duration of 12 months, will encompass multifaceted areas of development, including honing leadership skills, navigating complex challenges, and driving operational excellence.


Jayne Hrdlicka emphasized that this mentorship program reflects the comprehensive nature of the sustainability partnership between the two companies.

She highlighted Virgin Australia’s commitment to fostering employee growth and inclusion as a cornerstone of their business philosophy, and applauded Boeing for sharing similar values.

“Our sustainability MOU builds on the deep technology relationship between Virgin Australia and Boeing, and we hope the mentoring program is the start of more joint workforce inclusion initiatives,” said Hrdlicka.

L-R Jayne Hrdlicka, Jennifer Hill, Emma Craighead, Maria Fernandez

The initiation of this program early in their partnership showcases their joint dedication to advancing mutual goals.

Maria Fernandez, representing Boeing, echoed this sentiment, underlining the shared commitment to delivering safe and sustainable air travel experiences for passengers.

 “Virgin Australia and Boeing Australia share a commitment to delivering safe and sustainable flight to passengers every day,” said Fernandez.

The mentoring program, she emphasized, not only supports individual career progression but also forges meaningful relationships that transcend organizational boundaries.

The broader MOU

This mentoring initiative is one facet of a broader Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) focusing on five key areas of collaboration.

Organizational development and inclusion stand as a foundational pillar of this partnership, underscoring the significance both companies attach to cultivating a diverse and skilled workforce.

Additionally, the partnership aims to advance sustainability through initiatives such as Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) development, high-quality carbon offsets, First Nations engagement and inclusion, and fostering the goals of Australia-US bilateral clean energy cooperation.


The mentorship program between airline Virgin Australia and manufacturer Boeing Australia is a pioneering step in a shared journey towards sustainable growth and development.

By pairing leaders from each organization, this initiative embodies their commitment to both individual advancement and the broader goal of propelling the aviation industry towards a more sustainable and inclusive future.

As this program unfolds over the coming year, it is expected to not only foster personal and professional growth but also deepen the ties that bind these two industry leaders in their pursuit of a better aviation landscape.

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