Hong Kong Airlines and Virgin Australia today announced that they will form a codeshare partnership* that will provide customers with connectivity to 11 destinations across the flight networks of both airlines.
The codeshare agreement forms part of the first stage of the proposed strategic alliance between Hong Kong Airlines and Virgin Australia that was announced in February 2017.
Under the codeshare agreement, Virgin Australia will offer codeshare services on Hong Kong Airlines' five return services per week between Hong Kong and the Gold Coast and Cairns, Australia. Virgin Australia customers travelling on those services will also be able to book onward travel to mainland China under an interline agreement with Hong Kong Airlines.
Hong Kong Airlines customers travelling to or from Hong Kong will enjoy codeshare flights to 11 destinations on the Virgin Australia network as follows:
Between Australia and Hong Kong:
- Between Melbourne and Hong Kong
Between Australia and New Zealand:
- Between Gold Coast and Auckland
- Between Melbourne and Christchurch
- Between Melbourne and Auckland
- Between Melbourne and Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Perth, Sydney, Gold Coast and Darwin
- Between Sydney and the Gold Coast and Cairns
- Between Brisbane and Cairns
- Between the Gold Coast and Adelaide
Hong Kong Airlines and Virgin Australia will begin selling codeshare and interline services in late June through travel agents and their websites.
Members of Hong Kong Airlines' Fortune Wings Club will be able to earn frequent flyer points on eligible flights operated by Virgin Australia from 5 July 2017 and base points earned on eligible flights will count toward attainment of Elite Membership. Members of Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer program will be able to earn Velocity Frequent Flyer Points and Status Credits when travelling on eligible flights operated by Hong Kong Airlines from 5 July 2017. The two airlines also plan to introduce further benefits for members of their frequent flyer programs in 2017 including access to airline lounges, priority check-in, priority boarding and additional baggage allowances.
*Subject to government and regulatory approvals
*All codeshare services must originate or terminate in Hong Kong
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