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Virgin Australia today announced the next phase of its alliance with Singapore Airlines, the commencement of codeshare on Singapore Airlines flights to Asia and beyond.
Following the launch of reciprocal frequent flyer recognition last year and the start of Singapore Airlines’ codeshare on Virgin Australia domestic flights last month, Virgin Australia will commence codeshare on Singapore Airlines’ network this month, beginning with flights to Singapore, China and South Africa.
As of today, Virgin Australia guests can book and travel on codeshare flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin and Adelaide to Singapore, and onwards to Shanghai and Beijing. South African destinations Cape Town and Johannesburg will be available from tomorrow, for travel from 13 April 2012. Virgin Australia guests can also book travel from Perth through to London via Singapore.
Over the next few months, Virgin Australia will commence codeshare to other destinations on the Singapore Airlines international network including India, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand and Indonesia.
Virgin Australia Group Executive of Alliances, Network and Yield Merren McArthur said: “By codesharing on Singapore Airlines’ flights, we will be able to offer our guests a range of new destinations across Asia, India and South Africa, all key markets for Australian business and leisure travellers”.
“Over the past few months we have been working closely with Singapore Airlines to ensure we provide a seamless first-rate travel experience for our guests. As a result of our new alliance, Virgin Australia guests will be able to travel from all over Australia to destinations throughout Asia and beyond on a single ticket.
“The alliance also enables eligible Members of Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem frequent flyer Points and Status Credits on Singapore Airlines operated flights and provides access for eligible guests to Singapore Airlines lounges across the globe.
“We look forward to expanding our range of joint destinations over the next few months and continuing to work with Singapore Airlines on new initiatives to benefit our guests”, Ms McArthur said.
To celebrate the launch of the codeshare, Virgin Australia is offering special fares on sale from tomorrow from as little as $914 Economy return departing Adelaide for Singapore, $1,178 Economy return departing Sydney for Beijing and $2131 Economy return departing Melbourne for Johannesburg .