SIA and Virgin Australia launch first phase of partnership

1 Aug 2011

Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia have launched the first phase of their alliance: interline agreements and reciprocal lounge access for eligible customers.

As part of their partnership, announced early last month (see story here), SIA passengers will now be able to connect to a range of domestic destinations served by Virgin Australia on one ticket.

Also, from today onwards eligible passengers of SIA and Virgin Australia will receive reciprocal lounge access. Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer Elite Gold and PPS Club members will now have access to Virgin Australia’s six domestic lounges, while Virgin Australia’s Velocity Gold members can access any one of SIA’s 14 lounges around the world.

By the end of this year, the two carriers will enable reciprocal FFP benefits, co-ordinate schedules for seamless connections and establish codeshares to provide passengers with greater choices.

The partnership between Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia consequentially meant that the latter carrier had to dissolve its partnership with Malaysia Airlines (see story here).

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Alisha Haridasani

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