Singapore Airlines - News Releases (2011)
Singapore Airlines And Virgin Australia Launch Initial Interline And Lounge Agreements
Executive Vice President Commercial, Mr Mak Swee Wah
"From today, customers can experience the first benefits of this landmark agreement with Virgin Australia, in line with our shared plans for a deep and integrated alliance providing seamless service offerings.”
01 August 2011 (Joint Release with Virgin Australia) - Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia today launched the first phase of their alliance, commencing an initial interline agreement and offering reciprocal lounge access to eligible customers.
From today, Singapore Airlines customers are able to connect to a range of Australian destinations served by Virgin Australia on one ticket, with terminal transfers, in-flight entertainment and meals included.
Reciprocal lounge access for eligible Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia customers is also being offered from today. Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer Elite Gold and PPS Club members will have access to Virgin Australia’s six domestic lounges when travelling on Virgin Australia flights. Virgin Australia’s Velocity Gold members will also have access to Singapore Airlines-operated lounges in 14 cities when travelling with Singapore Airlines.
"From today, customers can experience the first benefits of this landmark agreement with Virgin Australia, in line with our shared plans for a deep and integrated alliance providing seamless service offerings,” said Singapore Airlines’ Executive Vice President Commercial, Mr Mak Swee Wah.
“Our customers can now travel to and from all corners of Australia on a single ticket, with full-service comfort on all legs of their journey. The partnership is already providing more travel options and greater convenience to our customers, and we look forward to offering even more benefits later this year.”
Virgin Australia Group Executive Ms Merren McArthur said the alliance would also be positive for tourism in Australia.
"Today’s interline agreement will make it easier for Singapore Airlines’ customers from all over the world to travel through to a range of domestic and regional destinations around Australia. Should our proposed alliance receive regulatory approval, we will expand our cooperation to better promote these Australian destinations to a whole range of additional cities throughout Asia.
“By working closely with Singapore Airlines, we will be able to offer a deep and integrated alliance that ultimately benefits the travelling public. Guests will enjoy an expanded network of destinations, seamless connections, a more convenient flight schedule and more opportunities to earn frequent flyer points and access lounges,” Ms McArthur added.
Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia announced plans in June for a wide-ranging partnership under which the airlines propose to:
- Codeshare on each other’s international and domestic flights;
- Offer reciprocal frequent flyer programme benefits and lounge access;
- Co-ordinate schedules between Singapore and Australia and beyond to provide seamless connections; and
- Engage in joint sales, marketing and distribution activities.
Subject to regulatory approvals, customers should be able to experience the full benefits of the alliance from late this year.
About Singapore Airlines
When Singapore Airlines was formed in 1972, it operated a modest fleet of 10 aircraft to just 22 cities in 18 countries. With a commitment to fleet modernisation, product and service innovation and market leadership, the Airline quickly distinguished itself as a world-class carrier.
Today, Singapore Airlines operates a modern passenger fleet of more than 100 aircraft and its network, including Singapore Airlines Cargo and SilkAir destinations, covers a total of 101 destinations in 40 countries. Singapore Airlines serves five destinations in Australia - Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney – with 92 round-trip flights per week.
In October 2007, Singapore Airlines, a member of the Star Alliance, made aviation history as the first to fly the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380.
About Virgin Australia
Virgin Australia group of airlines (ASX: VBA), formerly the Virgin Blue group of airlines, was launched in 2000 as the first sustainable low-fare airline in Australian skies. It has established a global reputation as an innovator and leader in the aviation industry; renowned for the warmth of its people and the quality of the service they provide.
Starting out as a single airline operating a single route with just 200 team members, today the group employs over 7,000 people and includes multi-award winning domestic airline Virgin Australia (formerly Virgin Blue); international long-haul airline V Australia; international subsidiary airline Pacific Blue; and Polynesian Blue, a joint venture airline with the Government of Samoa. Virgin Australia is currently in the process of re-launching its domestic and short-haul international product, and both V Australia and Pacific Blue airlines will operate as Virgin Australia by the end of 2011.
Virgin Australia operates a fleet of 89 modern Boeing 737, 777 and Embraer E-Jet aircraft flying to 32 Australian and 16 international destinations including the USA, UAE, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands.