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Delta and joint venture partner Virgin Australia celebrated the expansion of their trans-Pacific network this week with the launch of Virgin Australia’s direct service between Los Angeles and Melbourne.

Virgin Australia now operates five weekly flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, giving Delta customers direct access to Melbourne.

Delta, Virgin Australia strengthen trans-Pacific network with L.A.-Melbourne serviceThe new flight complements existing service offered by the partners, which together offer 25 weekly flights between Australia and the United States and round-trip connectivity from 230 destinations in the Americas to 49 destinations across Australia and New Zealand. Delta and Virgin Australia currently fly twice daily from Los Angeles to Sydney and daily from Los Angeles to Brisbane. The joint venture partnership benefits both airlines by giving customers access to a broader network, all while bringing to life their shared vision of excellence in customer experience.

“Delta offers a truly superior network of international partners out of Los Angeles,” said Ranjan Goswami, Delta’s Vice President - Sales, West Region. “Through our joint venture, Delta and Virgin Australia continue to differentiate ourselves as leading carriers in the U.S.-Australia market, from boosting our service to key destinations to mutually investing in a best-in-class customer experience.”

“Los Angeles and North America is an important market for us and through our partnership with Delta Air Lines, we offer passengers 25 return flights per week across the Pacific and remain the only trans-Pacific alliance to offer Business Class guests lie flat beds with direct aisle access on all services. Delta will also codeshare on our Melbourne services, and passengers can earn Velocity Points and Status Credits, have their baggage checked through and enjoy reciprocal frequent flyer benefits on the ground,” Virgin Australia Group Executive John Thomas said in a release.

Delta’s premium cabin Delta One, alongside Virgin Australia’s business-class experience The Business, distinguishes Delta and Virgin Australia as the only trans-Pacific alliance to consistently offer full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access in business class.

Delta has been the fastest-growing carrier at Los Angeles International Airport since 2009 and will embark next year on a relocation to Terminals 2 and 3 at LAX, enabling operation alongside Virgin Australia and many of its other airline partners. The $1.9 billion plan to upgrade and connect the complex at Terminals 2 and 3 will create a premier partner hub that offers best-in-class check-in, faster connection times for seamless connectivity and an industry-leading customer experience.

Photo Caption: Clare Wheatley, Delta’s Sales Manager – Australia & New Zealand, speaks to media, employees and customers at a press conference in Melbourne celebrating the launch of Virgin Australia’s LAX-Melbourne service.

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