Qatar Airways and Virgin Australia launch major strategic partnership

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Qatar Airways and Virgin Australia have signed a new strategic partnership agreement which “will significantly expand the networks, lounges and loyalty programs of both airlines”, according to the award-winning carriers.

Beginning in mid-2022, the partnership will provide travelers with greater access, enhanced customer experiences and unique benefits when traveling between Australia and Qatar Airways’ global network, with convenient gateway transit options Australian airlines from Qatar Airways and major Virgin Australia hubs including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

“We have a strong and long-standing relationship with Australia and this agreement with Virgin Australia comes at a time when it is most needed,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker.

“This partnership will give Australian passengers access to the world they have missed so much over the past two years, to be able to reconnect with family and friends and move the wheels of commerce forward.

“We hope many of them will stop over in Doha to take advantage of the wonderful tourism industry that Qatar has to offer.

“For those traveling further afield, they will benefit from the award-winning facilities at our hub, Hamad International Airport, allowing them to continue their journey.

“It also opens up the beautiful, cosmopolitan nation of Australia to our passengers traveling on Qatar Airways flights, after such a long and difficult time,” he said.

Qatar Airways currently offers daily flights to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, as well as three weekly flights to Adelaide and then to Auckland, New Zealand.

Through the new codeshare agreement, Qatar Airways passengers will be able to travel seamlessly to 35 destinations on Virgin Australia’s extensive domestic network, including popular major Australian tourist destinations including Cairns, Gold Coast, Alice Springs and Broome , on a single reservation.

Qatar Airways passengers will also have access to short-haul international markets recently relaunched by Virgin Australia, including Fiji and Queenstown, New Zealand.

Similarly, Virgin Australia customers and members of the airline’s award-winning Velocity Frequent Flyer loyalty program will be able to directly access Qatar Airways’ route network from more than 140 destinations worldwide, including the Middle East, Europe and Africa, via the airline’s hub and Hamad International in Doha, ranked “best airport in the world” by Skytrax.

For Virgin Australia customers, access to Qatar Airways’ extensive network provides unique connectivity to a wide range of destinations and the ability to book Qatar Airways flights through the Virgin Australia website.

Qatar Airways serves 54 cities in Europe with more than 600 flights per week, offering a wide range of new choices to Virgin Australia customers.

“Today is another great news for Virgin Australia and Velocity Frequent Flyer members who are hungry to travel internationally,” said Jayne Hrdlicka, Group Chief Executive, Virgin Australia.

“We are incredibly focused on creating exceptional travel experiences and our new partnership with Qatar Airways will significantly expand Virgin Australia’s footprint in the Middle East, Europe and Africa, providing hundreds more ways for our customers. to see the world transparently.

“Virgin Australia and Qatar Airways are both known for their award-winning service and joining forces means that together we are able to deliver an incredible experience when traveling between Australia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and beyond.

“Qatar Airways has been a very important partner to Australia during the pandemic, maintaining vital connectivity to the world under difficult circumstances.

“We are proud to have Qatar Airways join the Virgin Australia family and look forward to welcoming their guests on board Virgin Australia services mid-year,” she said.

The strategic partnership will also include reciprocal loyalty benefits allowing Qatar Airways Privilege Club members to earn and redeem Avios when flying on Virgin Australia, with similar benefits for Velocity members when flying on Virgin Australia’s services. Qatar Airways.

Privilege Club and Velocity members will also enjoy a wide range of other unique benefits, depending on status level, such as free lounge access, free additional baggage allowance, priority check-in, boarding priority and priority baggage delivery when traveling on Virgin Australia and Qatar Airways respectively.

Qatar Airways Privilege Club has recently enhanced its program through its partnership with Avios, significantly expanding earning and redemption opportunities for its members.

The partnership with Virgin Australia builds on Qatar Airways’ long-term commitment to connecting Australia to the world.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Qatar Airways was the only airline in the Middle East to consistently operate international services to Australia, providing essential routes for Australians to return home.

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