As part of the first stage of the alliance, Virgin Australia will introduce flights between Australia and Hong Kong in mid-2017.
“This new alliance will be a game changer for travel between Australia and China, providing significantly more competition and choice for travellers,” Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti said. “We are excited about introducing direct Virgin Australia flights – and our famous customer service – to Hong Kong, together with access to destinations across China.”
Virgin Australia services to Hong Kong will be operate using Airbus A330 aircraft, which feature the airline’s award-winning Business Class. The alliance will offer guests on these services onward connections to destinations in mainland China on services operated by Hong Kong Airlines.
More details, including the departure ports in Australia, schedule and pricing, will be released in coming months, and the flights are subject to regulatory approvals. Virgin Australia also plans to introduce direct flights between Australia and mainland China in the further stages of the agreement.