The Virgins have announced a new code share agreement that will expand Virgin Australia's network across the US.
Subject to regulatory approval, the agreement will see Virgin Australia code share on Virgin America flights from Los Angeles to Portland, Washington, Boston, Dallas, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia and Seattle.
The Australian carriers group executive of alliance, network and yield Merren McArthur expects the partnership to be approved within the coming months and said it will tap into the countrys fourth biggest source of international arrivals.
We have been focused on expanding our network in the United States and thanks to our alliance with Delta Air Lines, we already codeshare to 13 destinations across North America, Ms McArthur said.
If approved, the agreement with Virgin America will add a further 8 destinations to our network, including important cities such as Washington, Boston, Chicago and Seattle.
We know that connectivity within the United States is extremely important to Australian travellers, with around 60% of guests travelling on to other destinations following their arrival in the country."
The code share partnership comes less than a week after Virgin Australias alliance partner, Etihad, announced a 4.99 percent acquisition of the companys stake.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J