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SIA and Virgin Australia Launch Interline and Lounge Agreements

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Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia have launched the first phase of their alliance, commencing an initial interline agreement and offering reciprocal lounge access to eligible customers.

Singapore Airlines customers are now able to connect to a range of Australian destinations served by Virgin Australia on one ticket, with terminal transfers, inflight entertainment and meals included.

Reciprocal lounge access for eligible Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia customers is also now being offered.

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Elite Gold and PPS Club members will have access to Virgin Australias six domestic lounges when travelling on Virgin Australia flights. Virgin Australias Velocity Gold members will also have access to Singapore Airlines-operated lounges in 14 cities when travelling with Singapore Airlines.

"From today, customers can experience the first benefits of this landmark agreement with Virgin Australia, in line with our shared plans for a deep and integrated alliance providing seamless service offerings, said Singapore Airlines Executive Vice President Commercial, Mr Mak Swee Wah. Our customers can now travel to and from all corners of Australia on a single ticket, with full-service comfort on all legs of their journey. The partnership is already providing more travel options and greater convenience to our customers, and we look forward to offering even more benefits later this year.

Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia announced plans in June for a wide-ranging partnership under which the airlines propose to:

Codeshare on each others international and domestic flights;
Offer reciprocal frequent flyer programme benefits and lounge access;
Co-ordinate schedules between Singapore and Australia and beyond to provide seamless connections; and
Engage in joint sales, marketing and distribution activities.

The alliance is subject to regulatory approvals.

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