Virgin America to interline with V Australia
Virgin America and Virgin Blue's international airline, V Australia, have negotiated and signed an Australia-US interline agreement offering seamless travel on the networks of each carrier across their United States and trans-Pacific routes.
The new interline arrangement is effective for travel from 8 June 2009. Effective immediately, however, the agreement allows connecting guests to purchase interline tickets for travel between the US and Australia, via a travel agent or through V Australia's call centre. As of 8 June, travellers will also be able to book via the internet. Both airlines will transfer baggage between connecting flights and to guests' final destinations.
"Virgin-branded airlines are famous around the world for offering travellers a better flying experience – with low fares and next generation amenities. We couldn't be more pleased to sign our first interline agreement with V Australia, an airline known for its innovative service," remarked Virgin America president and CEO David Cush.
The agreement enables a seamless "Virgin" experience as Virgin America and V Australia share Los Angeles World Airport's (LAX) newly redesigned Terminal 3. Guests arriving at LAX on V Australia international flights will come through the Tom Bradley International Terminal before being directed to Terminal 3 – a short walk to the Virgin America gates. Upon return from the US to Australia, travellers' connections will be even more convenient, with the carriers' gates located adjacent to each other post-security.
The interline partnership offers a new choice for V Australia guests to connect to and from a wide range of Virgin America destinations, including Seattle (SEA), San Francisco (SFO), New York (JFK), Boston (BOS) and Washington, DC (IAD).
"We are delighted to be formally partnering with Virgin America to offer great travel benefits not only from Australia to the US on V Australia, but beyond Los Angeles across Virgin America's extensive and expanding route network," said Virgin Blue chief executive Brett Godfrey. "The new agreement is a natural fit for both airlines as we share the Virgin commitment to exceptional customer service, quality and value for money. We may be newcomers to our respective markets, but we're keen to inspire an industry revolution to benefit travellers and invigorate trans-Pacific travel."