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Virgin Australia announces Hong Kong codeshare with Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Australia group of airlines today announced that it had reached agreement with Virgin Atlantic to codeshare on their Sydney to Hong Kong service from early 2012.
Under the agreement, Virgin Australia’s long-haul international airline V Australia will code on Virgin Atlantic’s Sydney-Hong Kong service and eligible Virgin Australia Guests will receive frequent flyer program benefits and lounge access, including Virgin Atlantic’s Hong Kong Clubhouse.  
The service is operated daily out of Sydney and Hong Kong by A340-600 aircraft and features Virgin Atlantic’s award-winning Upper Class, Premium Economy and Economy configuration.
Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti said: “Since 2004, Virgin Atlantic has operated a first-rate service between Sydney and Hong Kong and we are very pleased to be able to offer it to Virgin Australia Guests.
“Hong Kong is a very important market for Australia given it is an international business hub, a popular leisure destination and has a large Australian expatriate community.
“This agreement compliments our existing global alliance strategy, providing a new codeshare destination for our Guests and further strengthening our new frequent flyer program launched today”, Mr Borghetti said.
Virgin Atlantic CEO Steve Ridgway said: “After seven years flying to Sydney and working with Virgin Blue and then V Australia, Virgin Atlantic is looking forward to welcoming Virgin Australia Guests on its daily Sydney-Hong Kong flights when the new codeshare begins next year. Virgin Atlantic has long led premium airlines with innovative features like Premium Economy, fantastic flat beds in Upper Class and award-winning in-flight entertainment which set the standard for Virgin Australia’s own long-haul operations.”
Virgin Atlantic flights to Hong Kong depart from Sydney International Airport daily at 2.25pm.