Virgin Australia plans to offer direct flights to Hong Kong by mid-2017, as part of an alliance with HNA Aviation, Hong Kong Airlines and HK Express.
The flights will be operated using Airbus A330 aircraft, which feature The Business – Virgin Australia's Business Class, offering a fully-flat bed, storage space, USB and universal power charging points, privacy screens and more.
Velocity Frequent Flyer’s seven million members will enjoy a frequent-flyer partnership with Fortune Wings Club, including the chance to earn points and status credits on alliance routes, as well as lounge access, priority check-in and boarding, and additional baggage allowances.
The alliance, which is subject to approval by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, will offer onward connections with Hong Kong Airlines to destinations on mainland China, as well as code-sharing arrangements.
Virgin Australia also plans to offer direct services to mainland China down the track.
Virgin Australia Group chief executive officer John Borghetti said the alliance would be a game-changer for travel between Australian and China, providing more competition and choice for travellers.
“We are excited about introducing direct Virgin Australia flights – and our famous customer service – to Hong Kong, together with access to destinations across China,” Mr Borghetti said.
“The alliance will accelerate and support our access to the Chinese market, which is Australia’s fastest growing and most valuable inbound travel market,” he said.
“HNA Aviation fly nearly 100 million passengers each year and we look forward to working collaboratively with them to drive inbound visitation to Australia, resulting in significant benefits for the Australian tourism industry and broader economy.”
* Featured image: The Hong Kong skyline, which will soon be welcoming Virgin Australia aircraft. Image: Getty
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