Virgin Blue’s international airline, V
Australia, and US-based Virgin America, have signed an
Australia-U.S interline agreement that will offer seamless travel
on the networks of each carrier and across the trans- Pacific
The agreement will allow travellers to
purchase a single ticket for
travel in the U.S and Australia on either carrier.
The new interline arrangement is
live now (for travel agents bookings on the GDS
system and 8 June for anyone booking via the airline’s website) for
travel from Monday 8 June 2009.
Virgin America and V
Australia share Los Angeles World Airport’s newly redesigned
Terminal 3. Travellers arriving at LAX on V Australia international
flights will come through the Tom Bradley International Terminal
before being directed to Terminal 3 - a short walk to the
Virgin America gates.
Both airlines will transfer baggage
between connecting flights and to the final destination once
passengers arriving on V Australia’s international flight have
collected their checked bags and cleared customs.
partnership offers more choice for V Australia Guests to connect
to and from a wide range of Virgin America destinations
including Seattle, San Francisco, New York, Boston and Washington
Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey, said, “We are
delighted to be formally partnering with Virgin America to
offer great travel benefits not only from Australia to the US on V
Australia but beyond Los Angeles across Virgin America’s
extensive and expanding route network.”
V Australia offers a three
class trans-Pacific travel option with direct flights from
Brisbane and Sydney to Los Angeles, with direct Melbourne-Los
Angeles flights scheduled for September this year (subject to
regulatory approval). Virgin America also offers a three class
domestic US service.
The interline agreement will make it even
easier to fly around the world on Virgin Airlines with V Australia
to Los Angeles, Virgin America to five cities, Virgin Atlantic
US connecting gateways to London, then back through Asia to Sydney, again on Virgin Atlantic.
Passengers will, later this year, be able
to earn Velocity Points when flying on Virgin America and will
also be able to redeem Velocity Points for flights on Virgin
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