Virgin Australia today resumed its full codeshare partnership with Singapore Airlines following a COVID hiatus.
The two airlines have been working together since 2011, but Monday was the first day passengers could book directly through the Australian airline’s website to travel seamlessly on the Singapore network.
A more formal connection than interline service agreements, codeshares allow customers to connect and share loyalty benefits with a single bag drop and booking.
Virgin suspended all international flights on March 30, 2020 and has since relied on partnerships with larger airlines like United and Qatar to fly long-haul routes. However, it has resumed shorter flights to Bali and Fiji and will soon fly to Vanuatu and Samoa.
The deal with Singapore gives the airline the ability to serve 42 destinations in 23 countries, including Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Seoul in South Korea, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Paris in Europe, London in the UK and Jakarta in Indonesia.
In return, Singapore is offering codeshares on 64 Australian routes, covering 31 destinations on Virgin’s domestic and international network, including the recently added Queenstown in New Zealand.
“Starting now, customers can book directly on virginaustralia.com for seamless travel between Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and beyond,” Virgin said in a statement.
“The move is the next step in the airline’s partnership returning to pre-pandemic operations after resuming redemption bookings and converting miles/points for KrisFlyer and Velocity members earlier this year.
“While miles and points earned have remained flat during the pandemic, today’s announcement unlocks the full rewards and benefits of the partnership for customers as demand for international travel continues to grow.”
Last week, Australian Aviation reported how Virgin had resumed flights to New Zealand for the first time in almost 1,000 days.
The airline has now started a daily service between Sydney and Brisbane to Queenstown and a four times weekly service from Melbourne.
Victoria flights will be increased to daily during the Christmas holiday period (12 December 2022 to 29 January 2023).
Chief Executive Jayne Hrdlicka said the restart was a “significant day” for the airline.
“Australians and New Zealanders are deeply connected and we’re proud to create a new gateway between the countries so friends and family can visit, businesses can thrive and holidaymakers can seek adventure with more choice and affordable airfares,” she said.
“Value, choice and great service are at the core of Virgin Australia and we look forward to bringing those values to Queenstown with our expanded network.”