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Monday 31 March 2008: In the historic first ticketing partnership for Australia’s newest International carrier V Australia Airlines, Northwest Airlines will join forces with V Australia to offer travellers convenient access to destinations across the United States of America and Canada.
The announcement to link flight networks follows hot on the heels of the confirmation that V Australia Airlines long haul trans-Pacific services will take off with flights from Sydney to Los Angeles on 15 December 2008.
The ticketing agreement with Northwest will take effect from day one of the launch of V Australia services and will offer travellers seamless flight connections to key cities via V Australia’s launch destination of Los Angeles.
Virgin Blue Group of Airlines Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey, said, “This is a tremendous agreement as it means that our V Australia Guests will have access to not just Los Angeles, but all across the US and Canada with a comprehensive route network and a reputable airline partner such as Northwest.”
“It a nutshell, it means people can purchase a single ticket and then travel seamlessly with their luggage on V Australia from Sydney International Airport to any of Northwest’s destinations in North America.”
On arrival in Los Angeles, passengers transfer to Terminal 2 for their connecting Northwest flight.
The agreement has been officially signed and will go on sale in coming weeks, offering a range of benefits to travellers including single ticket purchase and full luggage through-check from point of departure to point of destination, covering Northwest’s main hub airports of Detroit, Minneapolis and Memphis. Northwest Airlines is the world’s fifth largest airline with approximately 1,500 daily departures.
Northwest Airlines Vice President of Alliances, Nat Pieper, said, “This is the first phase in our exciting new agreement with V Australia Airlines. We look forward to welcoming our new Australian partner to the US market later this year.”
He continued, “We are pleased to be the first North American airline working with V Australia to offer convenient access to a wide range of destinations for customers visiting the United States and Canada, as well as easy connections via Los Angeles for American travellers keen to visit Australia.”