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Virgin Australia welcomes CCS approval of Singapore Airlines alliance

21/10/2011

Virgin Australia welcomes CCS approval of Singapore Airlines alliance

21 October 2011: Virgin Australia group of airlines (ASX: VBA) today welcomed the Competition Commission of Singapore’s (CCS’s) approval of its proposed alliance with Singapore Airlines.

The proposed alliance will enable the two airlines to provide guests with an expanded network of destinations, seamless connections, a more convenient flight schedule and more opportunities to earn frequent flyer points and access lounges.

Virgin Australia group of airlines CEO John Borghetti said: “The Competition Commission of Singapore’s decision to grant approval for this strategic alliance is welcome news for our airline. We believe the proposed alliance will enable us to offer a competitive, first-rate product to Australian and Asian travellers, as well as promote tourism in the two regions.”

“Singapore Airlines is widely regarded as one of the best airlines in the world and, following the recent repositioning of our brand and the introduction of our new business and economy class product, Virgin Australia is a well-suited partner”, Mr Borghetti said.

Approval of the alliance is key to the company’s strategy of building an international network with global coverage to complement Virgin Australia’s core domestic business.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced draft approval of the proposed alliance on 13 October 2011 and the airlines await its final decision.