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Yes, UO is expanding rapidly and seems to be doing quite well. HX on the other hand doesn't really know what it is (like AB). It tends to carry mainlanders to leisure destinations, and could probably spare a daily frequency for VA. Their Chinese network ex-HKG should help a VA HKG flight be viable.
Jun 01, 2016, 02.10 PM / Virgin Australia plans daily flights to Beijing, Hong Kong
Well CX has used all the capacity for HK-based carriers to fly to SYD/MEL/BNE/PER. HNA could try using VA to fly to HKG instead, as AU-based carriers have plenty of capacity. HX has slots that it could share..
May 31, 2016, 12.09 PM / Virgin Australia plans daily flights to Beijing, Hong Kong
Scarcity of slots at HKG.
Mar 17, 2016, 01.56 PM / Qantas to run double daily flights to Hong Kong
I wonder why the oneworld airlines can cooperate on lounges at LAX, but not at LHR? T3 has 2x BA, 2x AA, 1x CX and soon 1x QF lounge. On top of that, AY uses a contract lounge at T3?? That aside, looks like it will be a great lounge!
Feb 23, 2016, 09.51 AM / Qantas to open new London Heathrow first, business class lounge
Lufthansa, Qatar, BA, Gulf Air & SkyTeam will each have a lounge
Feb 13, 2016, 08.44 PM / BA opens new first class Concorde Bar, lounge at Dubai
Why would you bother? You would be losing out. MR to SQ is 1:1, then SQ to VA is 1.35:1. MR to VA directly is 1:1. As an example: 10,000 MR to VA is 10,000 VA points. 10,000 MR to SQ is 10,000 SQ points, 10,000 SQ to VA is 7,407 VA points.
Jul 26, 2016, 11.13 AM / Amex Membership Reward to VA via SQ for better ratio?
You can pay your way into the Air NZ lounge - $55 for up to 4 hours of lounge time.
Mar 24, 2016, 12.40 PM / I'm travelling from MEL-HKG in economy and have a 6 hour layover in Melbourne before the flight.
If you're not keen on flying El Al, you can fly Royal Jordanian. Their 787 has far better seats than their older A330. MH148 MEL-KUL, RJ185 KUL-AMM, RJ342 AMM-TLV.
Feb 19, 2016, 03.54 PM / Which route do you recommend Melbourne to Tel Aviv?
VA & DL were the weakest players, being the newest entrants to the market. Both were seeking a partner to improve their offering. The UA-CO merger was on the horizon so UA had other priorities.
Jan 13, 2016, 10.09 AM / Why did Virgin Australia choose to partner with Delta and not United?
Qantas would rather you wasted spent your points on toasters.
Nov 24, 2015, 04.05 PM / Why does Qantas insist on making it very undesirable to book classic awards?