Virgin Australia Announces New Partnership

Virgin Australia has announced a new partnership with regional Australian carrier Link Airways to boost connectivity.

Virgin Australia has announced it’s expanding its regional network by signing a partnership with Link Airways.

New Era For Virgin Australia

In what can be described as a new era and focus for the Australian carrier, the airline has targeted Link Airways to enhance its regional footprint tenfold.

Thanks to the new partnership, more than 90 services per week will have the Virgin Australia name alongside it thanks to a codeshare agreement.

Key locations such as Inverell, Wollongong and Bioela will all be included in the newly launched partnership. These locations can be deemed as important as they are not served by any other major Australian airline.

The regional carrier only has a fleet of 14 aircraft; however, it has quickly risen through the ranks of Australian aviation with its regional offerings providing compelling options for customers.

A Link Airways Saab 340B

Virgin Australia says the partnership will also focus on benefits for Velocity Frequent Flyer, now at almost 12 million members. Aboard Link Airways operated services that the carrier codeshares on, passengers will be eligible to earn both Points and Status Credits.

Comments From Executives

Today’s announcement in partnership with Link Airways underscores our commitment to delivering great value, flexibility and choice to Australians, and boosting connections for customers living in regional Australia, Importantly, the partnership is also set to support regional trade and tourism in destinations like Inverell, Wollongong and Biloela, which are not currently serviced by any other major airline.

Virgin Australia Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, Alistair Hartley

Link Airways is very pleased to join Virgin Australia in announcing this codeshare agreement which will provide significant additional travel opportunities to passengers Australia-wide, particularly those in regional areas. Benefits will include better connectivity and more choice for regional customers thanks to Virgin Australia’s expansive route network.

Link Airways Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Major

Breaking Down The Regional Routes

Virgin Australia says the regional routes they will codeshare on are extensive, with Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra all featured.

  • Brisbane <> Coffs Harbour (BNE-CFS)
  • Brisbane <> Bundaberg (BNE-BDB)
  • Brisbane <> Biloela (BNE-ZBL)
  • Brisbane <> Inverell (BNE-IVR)
  • Brisbane <> Narrabri (BNE-NAA)
  • Brisbane <> Dubbo (BNE-DBO)
  • Brisbane <> Orange (BNE-OAG)
  • Brisbane <> Tamworth (BNE-TMW)
  • Brisbane <> Armidale (BNE-ARM)
  • Brisbane <> Wollongong (BNE-WOL)
  • Sydney <> Narrabri (SYD-NAA)
  • Sydney <> Inverell (BNE-IVR)
  • Melbourne <> Dubbo (MEL-DBO)
  • Melbourne <> Orange (MEL-OAG)
  • Melbourne <> Wollongong (MEL-WOL)
  • Canberra <> Hobart (CBR-HBA)
  • Canberra <> Newcastle (CBR-NTL)
Daniel Fowkes
21 Jan 2024
· Airlines 

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