15 JANUARY 2018
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The days when Virgin Atlantic flew to Sydney may be long over but with a new codeshare coming into effect shortly, travellers will be able to fly seamlessly between Australia and the UK on Virgin-branded aircraft for the entire journey.
Daily connections will be available to Melbourne through Hong Kong and via Los Angeles to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. It will also be possible to fly completely around the world on Virgin, routing LHR – HKG – MEL – LAX – LHR.
The deal will also open up more domestic options across Australia – enabling customers to add easily eight Australian cities including Cairns, Brisbane and Hobart, all Virgin Australia destinations.
The joint Virgin codeshare provides significant customer benefits – encompassing all the destinations they want to travel to in one booking with a single check-in and bag drop.
Shai Weiss, chief commercial officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented: “The new deal will create more travel options between the UK and Australia by giving customers the choice of connecting through Los Angeles or Hong Kong to Virgin Australia.
"It also offers passengers the security and ease of booking through a codeshare, as well as through check-in and a single bag drop for the entire journey. We’re looking forward to welcoming our Australian customers back on board, and couldn’t think of a more fitting way to do it than with our sister airline.”
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