Virgin Australia, Hong Kong Airlines launch codeshare partnership Hot Topic

By ChrisCh | Jun 06, 2017, 12:28 PM
Some brief news for our Community: Virgin Australia and Hong Kong Airlines will commence codesharing from July 5 2017.

Virgin Australia will codeshare on HK Airlines' Gold Coast-Hong Kong (via Cairns) flights, while HK Airlines will codeshare to 11 Virgin Australia destinations, including on VA's Melbourne-Hong Kong flights.

Velocity Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn points and status credits when travelling with Hong Kong Airlines, while members of HK Airlines' Fortune Wings Club will be able to earn both frequent flyer points and base points (used for status qualification) when travelling with Virgin Australia.

Further, more typical frequent flyer arrangements such as reciprocal lounge access, priority check-in/boarding and additional checked baggage will be introduced at a later date (so don't book with HK Airlines as a Velocity Gold/Platinum member now and expect lounge access, unless flying in business class and included with the ticket).
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By jianga | Jun 06, 2017, 01:01 PM
Thanks very much for the update Chris. Do you know if VA would codeshare other HX flights as well to connect onto VA's MEL-HKG flight? e.g. MEL-HKG-PVG, etc.
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By roby | Jun 06, 2017, 02:13 PM
Thanks very much for the update Chris. Do you know if VA would codeshare other HX flights as well to connect onto VA's MEL-HKG flight? e.g. MEL-HKG-PVG, etc.

No, Chinese regulations prohibit foreign carriers from codesharing on HKG-Mainland China sectors. Only interline no codeshare. 
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By DBPZ | Jun 06, 2017, 02:42 PM
It doesn't need to be codesharing, but do I get two boarding cards or only one when checking-in, and will the luggage be sent directly to the final destination? It can be stressful to pass the immi control twice at HKG for the connected flight.


QF and CX have a deal to fly to cities in China through HKG, but I don't know the details. 

Last edited by DBPZ at Jun 07, 2017, 09.36 AM.
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By ChrisCh | Jun 07, 2017, 09:04 AM
VA will 'interline' on routes between HK and China, but not codeshare. This means that provided all of the IT systems are in place and you book your journey on the one ticket, you *should* be able to check-in from your origin through to your final destination with boarding passes in hand and bags tagged through.
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By DBPZ | Jun 07, 2017, 09:21 AM
VA will 'interline' on routes between HK and China, but not codeshare. This means that provided all of the IT systems are in place and you book your journey on the one ticket, you *should* be able to check-in from your origin through to your final destination with boarding passes in hand and bags tagged through.

Then the difference between an interline flight and a codesharing flight should be minimal. Maybe some difference on mileage calculation and counting flights for status levels but that is all. Even the status credits should be same no matter if it is a codesharing flight or an interline flight.

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By Yohy | Jun 07, 2017, 01:33 PM
I would expect the worst if booking this codeshare - Hong Kong Airlines has a terrible reputation in Asia, expect bags not to be tagged through to destination or second boarding passes to be provided at first check-in and you won't be disappointed.

Fortunately transit arrangements at HKIA are fairly solid so they should be able to sort you out there anyway if (when) thing's do go pear-shaped.
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By CityRail | Jun 17, 2017, 10:59 AM
Codesharing is not sustainable for Virgin Australia, especially the service is now still pretty empty.
I think VA and HX should look for JV for MEL-HKG route, that HX can subsidize VA for running that route and feed customers into it so that the route can be here for a longer time. 
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