Singapore Airlines Partners Virgin Australia

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia group of airlines have signed an agreement which will enable them to establish a long term alliance. Under the agreement, the two 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.

Through the Singapore Airlines network, Virgin Australia customers will have access to some 70 more destinations, while through the Virgin Australia network Singapore Airlines customers will have access to some 30 more destinations.

Members of Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer frequent flyer programme will be able to earn and redeem miles on Virgin Australia flights, while Virgin Australias Velocity members will be able to earn and redeem miles on Singapore Airlines-operated flights.

The two airlines will now lodge an application with the relevant regulatory authorities to enable them to co-operate across a broad range of commercial functions.

Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong said, Singapore Airlines has been committed to the Australian market for more than 40 years and we are always looking for ways to serve our customers better. With regulatory approval, the partnership will enable us to offer even more choice for domestic and international air travel. Together with Virgin Australia we will provide the public with access to an enlarged network, offering a first rate, integrated travel experience.

Virgin Australia group of airlines CEO, John Borghetti, said, We are delighted to be partnering with one of the most respected and innovative airlines in the world. When it first launched in Australia, Singapore Airlines revolutionised international air travel for Australians, providing a world class service to Asia, Europe and beyond ... Asia is clearly a critical market for us as we build our international alliance network. Singapore Airlines extensive network throughout Asia will be particularly attractive to our international business and leisure travellers and this partnership, along with our other alliances, will mean Virgin Australia can now offer truly global flight coverage.

As part of the agreement and from 1 August 2011:

Singapore Airlines customers will be able to interline on Virgin Australias domestic network, allowing them to travel through to a range of destinations with one ticket, through-checked baggage, terminal transfers and inclusive meals; and

Virgin Australia Velocity Gold members and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold members will have reciprocal access to each airlines airport lounges.

The deal is subject to approval from the relevant regulatory authorities.

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