Friday, November 30, 2012

Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia Extend Codeshare

Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia are looking to further blossom their romance by expanding their code-share agreement! The two carriers will be extending their pact by providing flights to more destinations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom. The code share has been extended to Virgin Australia’s domestic connections, with immediate effect. This means that customers seeking tickets with SIA will now have access to 32 cities in Australia.

Further, Singapore’s flag carrier will be expanding the code-share to cover trans-Tasman flights between Australia and the New Zealand cities of Dunedin, Queenstown and Wellington. This will happen in the coming few months and will thus offer convenient connections to tickets buyers. 

On its part, in the first quarter of 2013, Virgin Australia will inflate its code share with SIA and will offer tickets on flights connections from the East Coast of Australia to Europe, the United Kingdom and additional destinations in Asia, via SIA’s hub at Singapore. Currently, Virgin has code sharing on SIA flights to Europe and the United Kingdom and offers tickers from Australian cities of Adelaide, Perth and Darwin. In totality, VA patrons seeking tickets will be able to enjoy connections to 64 destinations in Asia and 12 destinations in the Europe on the SIA and SilkAir networks from different parts of Australia.

The wide-ranging codeshare between the two carriers was forged last year. Apart from codesharing on flights, the alliance allows reciprocal frequent-flyer program benefits and lounge access to tickets holders. Moreover, for the ease of tickets seekers looking for flights connections, coordinated schedules are provided by the carriers.

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