Virgin Blue and Emirates team up17/06/2009
From 13 Australian destinations to Dubai and beyond
Wednesday 17 June 2009: Virgin Blue and Emirates have joined forces in a new interline agreement to provide a seamless, single ticket option for travellers flying between 13 destinations in Australia and destinations across all continents worldwide.
The new commercial agreement between the airlines will offer greater choice and value to the Australian public, allowing seamless travel between the additional cities and regional towns that Virgin Blue flies to within Australia and Emirates’ extensive network of over 100 destinations in more than 60 countries.
For travellers, it means an enhanced travel experience with simple, streamlined ticketing and interline of checked baggage through to the final Emirates destination. Interline Guests transiting through Sydney, Brisbane and Perth will also be provided with free transfers between the domestic and international airports for their convenience.
Reciprocal Frequent Flyer programmes between Virgin Blue and Emirates also enables Virgin’s Velocity and Emirates Skywards Members to earn and redeem Velocity or Skywards Points on both Virgin Blue and Emirates flights on a one-for-one point basis.
Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey, said, “We are very pleased to partner with such a highly regarded airline and to be able to offer travellers the convenience of full through-check from their point of origin in Australia to port of destination internationally across Virgin Blue’s Australian destinations and Emirates’ global network.”
Emirates Airline Vice President Australia, Stephen Pearse, said, “We look forward to working with Virgin Blue through this agreement and we hope to grow this relationship to deliver a truly competitive offering for our customers Australia-wide.
“This agreement opens-up a viable international travel alternative for those Australians residing in regional towns or cities where flight services are more limited, and we are confident the Virgin Blue/Emirates offering will prove hugely popular amongst Business and Leisure travellers alike.”
Through fares will be available from Adelaide, Albury, Cairns, Canberra, Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Hobart, Launceston, Mackay, Mildura, Port Macquarie, Rockhampton, and Townsville through all of Emirates Australian gateway cities – Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
Special introductory offer:
Customers can fly Economy Class with Virgin Blue and Emirates from 13 Australian destinations to 22 European destinations, 14 destinations in the Middle East and 4 destinations in Africa from only $1927 return, departing from Mackay, including all taxes and surcharges.*
Valid for travel departing between 16th August and 10th December 2009. To take advantage of these special introductory offers, bookings must be completed by 30th June 2009.
For flight information and bookings contact Emirates on 1300 303 777, or visit your local travel agent.
Terms and Conditions of the offer:
Ticketing and sales between now and midnight 30th June 2009 only
Inbound travel blackout dates apply from 15th Dec 2009 – 15th January 2010
Date change / Reissue fees apply
Cancellation AUD300 before departure and no refunds after departure
Other conditions apply (travel agents please refer to your GDS)
Seats and Class subject to availability at time of booking
*The inclusive taxes and surcharges quoted are as correct at 12th June 2009. These may vary
slightly over the travel period. The international destinations covered by this offer are below:
Europe: Athens, Birmingham, Casablanca, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Hamburg, Istanbul,
Larnaca, London, Manchester, Malta, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Newcastle, Nice, Paris, Rome,
Venice, Vienna and Zurich from 16th August 2009 – 10th December 2009.
Middle East: Amman, Bahrain, Beirut, Damascus, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Khartoum, Kuwait,
Muscat, Riyadh, Sanaa and Tehran will be also available for travel from 16th August 2009 – 10th
Cairo will be available for travel from 22nd August – 22nd September 2009.
Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nairobi, and Durban will also be available for travel from
16th August 2009 – 10th December 2009.