Virgin Australia Welcomes ACCC Approval of Singapore Airlines Alliance

1 December 2011: Virgin Australia group of airlines today welcomed the ACCC’s final approval of its proposed alliance with Singapore Airlines.

The ACCC’s determination represents the final regulatory approval needed for Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines to proceed with their wide-ranging alliance.

The alliance will enable the two airlines to provide guests with an expanded network of destinations, seamless connections, a more convenient flight schedule and more opportunities to earn frequent flyer points and access lounges.

Virgin Australia group of airlines CEO John Borghetti said: “This is excellent news for Australian travellers as it provides our guests with access to around 70 additional destinations across Asia, India and Africa, with one of the best airlines in the world.

“The alliance will also be positive for tourism in Australia, as it will enable us to provide Singapore Airlines’ customers with seamless travel through to over 30 destinations around Australia and we will jointly promote these destinations”, Mr Borghetti said.

By the end of the year Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines will launch reciprocal frequent flyer benefits. Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Points and Status Credits on Singapore Airlines operated flights. The two airlines expect to launch reciprocal codeshare early next year.

Virgin Australia will now be able to offer global flight coverage through alliances with Etihad Airways, Air New Zealand, Delta Air Lines and Singapore Airlines, increasing its international reach from around 60 destinations to over 400 destinations worldwide.

“Through reciprocal codeshare, frequent flyer recognition and lounge access with each of our alliance partners, Virgin Australia will be able to offer guests a first-rate seamless travel experience that spans the globe with four of the world’s best airlines”, Mr Borghetti said.