Virgin Australia have secured the next step in their global airline partner plan, with the US DOT giving the Virgin/Delta Airlines alliance antitrust immunity.
This means the two airlines can now codeshare on services across the pacific as well as each others domestic services, and will also allow seamless flight integration from point to point.
"The Delta alliance is a key plank in Virgin Australia's strategy to build an international network of airline partners that offers global coverage," Virgin chief executive John Borghetti said.With this third part of the strategy now in place Virgin Australia now has coverage of the South Pacific and connections onto the US & UK with Air New Zealand, the Middle East and into Europe with Etihad and now North America with Delta.
Virgin Australia are now looking to expand their partner alliance even further while looking for possibly a number of partners in the Asia region.
The link with Delta has also provided the opportunity for Virgin to onsell their remaining lease agreements for their E170 aircraft, which will begin leaving the fleet immediately bound for operations with Delta in the USA.
Have a read of the stories relating to the Virgin/Delta agreement and the search for Asian partners from theaustralian.com.au HERE, & HERE