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Virgin Australia group of airlines today announced that it will codeshare on Hawaiian Airlines services between Sydney and Honolulu and beyond on connecting services to the neighbouring islands of Maui, Kauai and The Big Island.
Hawaiian currently operates five weekly flights from Australia, and will increase to year-round daily departures from 14 December, 2011.
Under the new agreement, Virgin Australia’s international airline V Australia will codeshare on Hawaiian operated flights between Australia and the Hawaiian Islands from 31 October, with flights going on sale from today1.
Virgin Australia and Hawaiian Airlines have had an interline agreement in place since 2006, allowing Hawaiian Airlines guests to connect to destinations throughout Australia and New Zealand. This agreement also allows members of Virgin Australia’s frequent flyer program Velocity to earn and redeem frequent flyer points on Hawaiian Airlines flights.
Following the implementation of the code-share agreement, travellers will be able to purchase fares to and from Hawaii through Virgin Australia’s international airline V Australia.
Virgin Australia group of airlines CEO John Borghetti said: “The agreement with Hawaiian Airlines will add another important destination to our global network and provide seamless connectivity for guests wanting to fly on from Honolulu to other islands in Hawaii.
“Hawaii is a key tourist destination and this agreement will take us one step closer to obtaining global flight coverage for our guests”, Mr Borghetti said.
Hawaiian’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Dunkerley, said the new codeshare with Virgin Australia group of airlines was a natural progression and exciting step forward for both companies.
“Hawaii is one of the fastest-growing leisure markets from Australia, and no airline serves Hawaii as comprehensively as we do, with over 170 flights each day from Honolulu to and between the islands,” Mr Dunkerley said.
“The codeshare agreement with V Australia will enable the Virgin Australia group of airlines to offer its guests unparalleled access to Hawaii, using both our flights from Australia and our interisland network,” he said.
“We have been flying Hawaiian skies for over 80 years, and know this market better than any other airline. Now Virgin Australia can utilise our network and expertise to expand its own offerings.”
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at www.HawaiianAirlines.com.au
Australia-based Virgin Australia group of airlines includes the Virgin Australia domestic airline, V Australia long-haul international airline and the Pacific Blue and Polynesian Blue short-haul international airlines. Additional information is available at www.virginaustralia.com
1 Available today via Global Distribution Systems (GDS). Flights will be available for purchase via the V Australia website, effective next week.