Virgin Australia enters deal with three partners for flights to Hong Kong
The airlines are submitting an application for authorisation of the proposed alliance to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Subject to authorisation, the airlines plan to:
- Introduce new direct services between Australia and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (Hong Kong), as well as Australia and The People’s Republic of China (mainland China) operated by Virgin Australia;
- Codeshare on each other’s flights between Australia and Hong Kong, between Australia and mainland China and on each other’s domestic networks; and
-Co-operate in relation to route planning, sales, distribution and marketing, frequent flyer programs, lounge access and other activities.
As part of the first stage of the alliance, Virgin Australia plans to introduce flights between Australia and Hong Kong in mid-2017. The airlines are seeking interim authorisation of the proposed alliance to enable the introduction of these services as well as the commencement of codeshare arrangements. ■