Airlines Hawaiian Airlines and Virgin Australia expand codeshare agreement

Hawaiian Airlines and Virgin Australia have published, that the airlines have expanded their existing codeshare agreement

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The expanded codeshare partnership will ultimately lead to new networks for travellers to choose from. With Virgin Australia, Hawaiian Airlines passengers can use a broad network of Australian and New Zealand cities to connect to Hawaii. Moreover, passengers can use baggage transfers and one-stop check-ins to a more seamless travel experience.

Previously, Hawaiian Airlines and Virgin Australia have operated codeshare flights between Sydney and Honolulu. This collaboration has enabled passengers coming from beyond the Sydney, Brisbane or Auckland gateways to experience greater access to the Hawaiian Islands.

Now, starting April 3, 2019, passengers travelling to Hawaii from cities like Melbourne, Cairns, Townsville and Mackay can seamlessly connect on codeshare flights with Hawaiian Airlines to Brisbane or Sydney. In return, Virgin Australia guests will be able to book non-stop flights from Brisbane to Honolulu on Virgin Australia codeshare flights operated by Hawaiian.

“We are delighted to expand our relationship and look forward to sharing our Hawaiian hospitality with more Virgin Australia passengers aboard our aircraft,” said Andrew Stanbury, Hawaiian Airlines regional director in Australia and New Zealand. “Hawai'i is a hugely popular destination with Australians and New Zealanders, and we are excited to extend our reach and provide a seamless travel experience to the Hawaiian Islands.”

“We’re pleased to announce an expansion to our existing codeshare agreement with Hawaiian Airlines, one of our first codeshare partners, which means guests of both airlines will now enjoy more opportunities to travel between our wonderful destinations in Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii,” added Phil Squires, Virgin Australia general manager of alliances.

Hawaiian Airlines is the flag-carrier airline from the U.S. state of Hawaii and was founded in October 1929. The carrier holds operational hubs at Honolulu and Kahului and operates with 55 aircraft, including 12 Airbus A321neos, 23 A330.200s and 20 Boeing 717s.

Virgin Australia is Australia´s second-largest airline and is based in Bowen Hills, Brisbane. The airline commenced operations in August 2000 and has its main hubs installed at Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. The fleet consists of six Airbus A330-200s, 82 Boeing 737 Next Gens, and five 777-300s. Subsidiary airline Virgin Australia Regional Airlines operates with four Airbus A320s, eight ATR 72s and 14 Fokker 100s.

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