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Virgin Australia partners with United Airlines

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Virgin Australia Group has stated that it will leave its long-standing alliance with Delta Air Lines in April 2022 and start a new collaboration with United Airlines.

Members will be able to earn, redeem, and receive tier advantages as a result of the new collaboration with United Airlines, which will include codeshare cooperation and reciprocal loyalty perks.

Virgin Australia’s new partnership with United Airlines is expected to triple the airline’s reach into the Americas, giving passengers more options and benefits when flying to cities across the US, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America.

As a result of the cooperation, United will be able to expand its footprint in Australia, as it now has more flights to Australia than any other US carrier, including daily direct flights from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Sydney.

Houston flights, as well as direct flights to Melbourne, are planned to restart later in 2022.

“The United States is a key market for Virgin Australia, and we know Australians are excited to be able to travel overseas again, so we’ve created hundreds of new ways they can do that through United’s extensive services to and from Australia,” Virgin Australia Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said in a press statement.

“Virgin Australia customers will have significantly more options for travel from Australia to the States, with more than three-times as many services available to them, which is great news for Australian travellers.”

“The United States and Australia share a special bond and I’m especially proud that United was the only airline to maintain a vital link between these two countries throughout the pandemic,” United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said in the same press release.

“Looking ahead, Virgin Australia is the perfect partner for United. Our partnership provides considerable commercial value for both airlines and a shared commitment to offer the best travel experience for our customers.”

Virgin Australia’s new collaboration with United Airlines will take the place of the airline’s present codeshare and frequent flyer agreement with Delta Air Lines, which it has held for almost a decade.

“We’d like to thank Delta Air Lines for their long-standing commitment and relationship with Virgin Australia. As a strategic partner with Virgin Australia for many years, Delta Air Lines has shared a wonderful journey with us, and we appreciate and value the many achievements we made together,” said Virgin Australia’s CEO Jayne Hrdlicka.

“We will work closely with Delta over the coming months to transition our Velocity partnership, and of course, all bookings will continue to be honoured when Delta customers fly on Virgin Australia.”

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