Virgin Australia passengers to fly Virgin Atlantic through codeshare agreement

Virgin Australia passengers to fly Virgin Atlantic through codeshare agreement

Thanks to a new codeshare agreement between Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic, individuals who hold business class tickets with either airline will have more travel options when they fly between Sydney and Hong Kong.

The flight changes, which are set to go into effect in early 2012, will allow Virgin Australia's international carrier, V Australia, to fly on Virgin Atlantic on the airline's Sydney-Hong Kong route. Passengers who purchase business class airfares for these flights will travel aboard the Airbus A340-600 in the Upper Class cabin.

John Borghetti, the chief executive officer of Virgin Australia, said that he and other airline officials are pleased to provide Virgin Australia customers with a chance to fly this route, which departs from Sydney International Airport every day at 2:25 p.m.

"Hong Kong is a very important market for Australia given it is an international business hub, a popular leisure destination and has a large Australian expatriate community," Borghetti added.

When travelers choose business class fares for Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class cabin, they will be flying in the comfort that is provided by the airline's Upper Class suites, according to the carrier's website. Whether individuals are flying for professional reasons or personal, the services that are available in this cabin will meet their travel needs.

If there is work to do, passengers can plug their laptop into their seat and place it atop the table that they are provided with. When the time comes to get some rest, the Upper Class cabin seats can convert into fully flat beds. In addition, the suites come equipped with an ottoman that can also serve as a seat if a fellow traveler is coming by to chat.

Virgin Australia customers who board Virgin Atlantic's aircraft will also enjoy a 10.4-inch television screen and a library of entertainment programming to choose from. Dining options in the airline's Upper Class cabin include a variety of meal and beverage options, such as red and white wines, as well as a lengthy menu of mixed drinks.

Customers who take advantage of the new codeshare agreement will also have access to Virgin Atlantic's Hong Kong Clubhouse. In this space, which is reserved for the airline's Upper Class passengers, individuals will find an inviting bar, a relaxation area and a business facility.

By Jason Faulkner

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