You can now fly from Australia to the UK seamlessly on Virgin
Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic partner up to provide us with the ultimate Virgin ride.
It's been a long time coming, but two of Virgin's airlines, Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic, have finally secured a codeshare partnership, enabling travellers to fly seamlessly on Virgin between Australia and the United Kingdom.
The codeshare will utilise Virgin Australia's existing Australia to Hong Kong and Australia to Los Angeles flights where travellers will then connect onto Virgin Atlantic to complete their journey to London's Heathrow Airport.
When Virgin Australia's new Sydney to Hong Kong route commences in 2 July, it too will be included to the codeshare.
The beauty about the new codeshare is that Australians can now book their full journey on the two airlines through the Virgin Australia website. This includes seats, checked baggage and meals – all with only a single check-in and bag drop.
As most Virgin Australia flights to Hong Kong or Los Angeles depart from Sydney and Melbourne, the airline has also extended the codeshare partnership to include its Adelaide to Sydney, Adelaide to Melbourne and Canberra to Melbourne routes to allow more of the nation to benefit from the partnership.
For frequent flyer holders, this new codeshare leg means handy points-earning possibilities and increased lounge access. Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn both points and status credits on both airlines on top of accessing both Virgin Australia lounges and Virgin Atlantic clubhouses.
Virgin Australia currently services 18 weekly flights between Australia and Los Angeles on top of daily flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong.
Coupled with Virgin Atlantic's three-times-daily service between Los Angeles and London Heathrow Airport as well as daily service between Hong Kong and London Heathrow Airport, passengers should have no shortage of daily options available to them between Australia and the UK.
Flights on the codeshare agreement are on sale now through Virgin Australia.