Virgin Australia has inked a new deal with Japan’s ANA to begin operating codeshares throughout Australia and eventually internationally! These new codeshare flights will greatly improve access between the two nations and will, one day, allow bilateral travel amongst the two partners’ networks.
What are the details?
Virgin Australia has been lucky enough to secure one of two landing slots to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport in time for the Summer Olympics. Capitalizing on the new opportunity, the airline plans to open up the first route between Brisbane and Toyka, Haneda on the 29th of March this year (Qantas does fly from Brisbane, but to Narita which is much further from the Tokyo city center).
Virgin Australia plans to take an Airbus A330 from its Melbourne to Hong Kong route frequencies to fly the new destination. This switch is timed conveniently with the decline in tourist traffic to Hong Kong and will help Virgin Australia open up a potentially very lucrative new market.
With access to Japan, Virgin Australia sought out a strategic partnership with ANA to codeshare destinations between the two airlines.
“We are excited to commence our first fights to Japan, and make it even easier for Australians to visit this wonderful country. Japan is a popular destination with Australians with more than half a million Aussies traveling there in 2018 and these numbers predicted to continue to grow. It’s important to us to provide travelers with better choice and convenience with our new flights from Brisbane, and the ability to travel onward in Japan with ANA,” – Virgin Australia Chief Commercial Officer John MacLeod, said in the press release.
Where do the code-share flights go?
Currently, the deal will allow ANA passengers to travel through Virgin Australia’s Sydney hub to many different destinations such as:
- Sydney and Brisbane
- Sydney and Melbourne
- Sydney and Cairns
- Sydney and Canberra
- Sydney and Gold Coast
- Sydney and Adelaide
There is no route from Sydney to Perth, as ANA already flies to Perth from Japan and doesn’t need to codeshare to that destination. Passengers onboard ANA will be able to check baggage all the way through, automatically transferring to Australian domestic flights.
“We are thrilled to partner with Virgin Australia, an award-winning airline that shares our uncompromising commitment to delivering the highest quality customer service,” said Shuichi Fujimura, Executive Vice President of ANA. “This collaborative effort will allow us to meet growing passenger demand in the region by providing greater choice and flexibility through shared resources, and furthering ANA’s commitment to expanding the Japan – Australia network.”
This is only the first stage of the partnership, with latter stages involving expanded codeshares within Australia, as well as opening up ANA’s network in Japan and eventually codesharing direct flights between the two countries.
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