Jul 1, 2013
Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines today announced that they will expand their partnership enabling Australians to travel to Mexico. Customers of both airlines will now be able to fly from Australia to six different cities in Mexico on one ticket as part of the alliance’s continued commitment to strengthening its offering.
The new destinations include Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara, San Jose Del Cabo, Puerto Vallarta and Cozumel. Virgin Australia recently received regulatory approval allowing it to codeshare on flights into Mexico as part of its growing alliance with Delta Air Lines, which was launched in November 2011.
Judith Crompton, Virgin Australia’s Chief Commercial Officer, said, “Our international network continues to expand and we now offer Australians the ability to fly to more than 400 destinations around the world. Thanks to our alliance with Delta Air Lines we now have over 180 codeshare and interline destinations available.
“We continue to work with our partners to ensure we offer an international network that meets the needs of our customers. Mexico is very popular with Australian leisure travellers and I am delighted we can now offer these cities on codeshare flights from Australia.”
“Codesharing on services to Mexico is yet another important step forward in the development of our alliance with Virgin Australia,” said Steven Crowdey, Delta’s general manager – Australia, Philippines and Micronesia.
Velocity Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn points and status credits on these new routes. The award-winning loyalty program of Virgin Australia has several hotel partners in the region, including the Intercontinental Hotel Group and Hilton Hotels, allowing travelers to earn additional Velocity Points during their stay in Mexico.
SkyMiles members will also be able to earn and redeem miles on these new routes and partner hotels in the region. Delta offers many ways to redeem frequent flyer miles, including airline tickets on Delta and partner airlines, mileage upgrades, car rentals, hotel stays and Delta Sky Club memberships, and is the only major airline with miles that don't expire.
Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines fly from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane into Los Angeles allowing customers to connect onto Delta Air Lines’ extensive North and Central American network.
About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. Delta was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2013 World’s Most Admired Companies airline industry list, topping the list for the second time in three years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 328 destinations in 64 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. Delta is investing more than $3 billion in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta and Facebook.com/delta.
About Virgin Australia
Virgin Australia (ASX: VAH) launched in 2000 and has since established itself as a contemporary, full service airline, with a reputation for exceptional customer service. The airline employs more than 9,000 people in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Virgin Australia has strategic alliances with four key airline partners: Air New Zealand, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways and Singapore Airlines, providing customers with access to over 400 destinations worldwide. Its domestic and international operations are complemented by Virgin Samoa, a joint venture airline with the Government of Samoa. Virgin Australia operates a modern fleet of over 125 that include Airbus A330, Boeing 777, Boeing 737, Embraer E-Jet, ATR-72 turboprop aircraft, Airbus A320, Fokker 100 and Fokker 50 aircraft that fly to 44 Australian destinations and 17 international destinations including the USA, UAE, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands.
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