Etihad Airways and Virgin Australia boost partnership

Etihad Airways has announced that it will be refreshing its alliance with Virgin Australia for a further five years.

This news comes following the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) ruling, which enables the two carriers to continue their cooperative services on the Australia-Abu Dhabi route and beyond until 30 December 2020.

Enthusing on the news was president and CEO, Etihad Airways, James Hogan: “In the first five years of the alliance, we’ve shaken up the competitive landscape by delivering more destinations, more capacity and an unrivalled guest experience through new, state-of-the-art aircraft and major investments in product and service innovations.

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“We are two best-in-class airlines, working together to offer a superior level of comfort and service; like-minded brands committed to putting the air traveller first through innovation and a shared passion for excellence. Over the next five years, our focus will be on new areas of commercial cooperation with Virgin Australia and opportunities for increased public benefit.”

Etihad Airways and Virgin Australia currently offer codeshare services to 38 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Pakistan, and to 52 destinations in Australia and Asia.

The two entities also work together in the areas of sales and marketing; purchasing and procurement; flight and cabin crew secondments; and offer reciprocal benefits to their frequent flyers including access to airport lounges across their combined networks.

Etihad Airways has a 25.1 per cent stake in Virgin Australia Holdings (VAH) and boasts a seat on the Virgin Australia board.