17-Feb-2017 9:19 AM

Virgin Australia outlines planned HNA alliance agreement and Hong Kong services

Virgin Australia announced (17-Feb-2017) details of its proposed alliance agreement with HNA Aviation, Hong Kong Airlines and HK Express. The airlines submitted an application for authorisation of the proposed alliance to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Subject to authorisation, the airlines plan to:

Virgin Australia plans to introduce services between Australia and Hong Kong in mid-2017. The airlines are seeking interim authorisation of the proposed alliance to enable the introduction of the services and the commencement of codeshare arrangements. [more - original PR]

Virgin Australia Group: “This new alliance will be a game changer for travel between Australia and China, providing significantly 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. The alliance will accelerate and support our access to the Chinese market, which is Australia’s fastest growing and most valuable inbound travel market."  John Borghetti, CEO. Source: Company statement.

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