Virgin Blue soon to be Virgin Australia today announced that
Delta Airlines and Virgin Blue have expanded their code share agreement,
The expanded code share agreement will see Delta Airlines code
share on flights from Sydney to select Australian & New Zealand destinations
on Virgin Australia operated services, and V Australia code share to 4
additional destinations US from Los Angeles.
Virgin Blue Group
Executive of Corporate Advisory Merren McArthur said: “Virgin
Blue has worked successfully with Delta for three years in an interline and
codeshare capacity and today’s announcement is a natural next step forward in
our relationship. It has always been our plan to expand the codeshare.
“We know that
connectivity within the US is extremely important to Australian travellers,
with around 60% of guests travelling on to other destinations following their
arrival in the US. Today’s announcement means travellers can connect seamlessly
to key leisure and business hubs and earn more frequent flyer points in the
“It will also bring
more traffic from the US onto the Virgin Blue domestic network and help promote
key tourist destinations within Australia and New Zealand.
“We have submitted all
the information requested by the US Department of Transportation and we
hope to hear the
outcome in the next few months”, Ms McArthur said.
The expanded code share agreement will mean V Australia now
codes on flights from Los Angeles to:
- New York
- San Francisco
- Las Vegas
Delta will now code on flights from Sydney to:
Note: Virgin Blue and
Delta are currently awaiting a decision from the US Department of
Transportation on their application for antitrust immunity.
In other related news Virgin Blue will be renamed to Virgin
Australia on Wednesday 4 May 2011, the re branding will see the airline begin to
operate as a full service carrier with Virgin Australia Business Class flights from Sydney to
Perth from 26 May 2011 along with an updated menu and frequent flyer rewards