Virgin Australia and All Nippon Airways (ANA) are set to implement codeshare flights and launch reciprocal frequent flyer benefits for their members.
From 30 January, the codeshare deal will initially cover six routes. ANA ticket holders will be able to fly between Sydney and Brisbane, Melbourne, Cairns, Canberra, Gold Coast and Adelaide. Their bags will be checked through to their final destination on the Virgin services.
Reciprocal frequent flyer benefits are expected to be available later this year.
Virgin Australia and ANA will also expand their domestic codeshare in Australia. Plus launch international codeshare between Japan and Australia, along with domestic codeshare within Japan.
ANA said this new partnership will increase convenience and comfort for passengers. It presents greater opportunities for passengers on both airlines to explore both countries.
“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,” said Shuichi Fujimura, executive vice president of ANA.
The partnership enables both carriers to deliver a high level of service, added John MacLeod, Virgin’s chief commercial officer.
“We are excited to commence our first fights to Japan, and make it even easier for Australians to visit this wonderful country,” MacLeod said.
“Japan is a popular destination with Australians, with more than half a million Aussies travelling there in 2018. And these numbers are predicted to continue to grow.
“It’s important to us to provide travellers with better choice and convenience with our new flights from Brisbane. As well as the ability to travel onward in Japan with ANA.”