Virgin Atlantic looks for codeshare on Virgin Australia's HKG flights

Virgin Atlantic looks for codeshare on Virgin Australia's HKG flights

Virgin Atlantic could plant a virtual foot back into the Australian market under a codeshare agreement on Virgin Australia's Hong Kong flights.

The Branson-backed British airline left the local skies in May 2014 when it pulled the plug on Sydney-Hong Kong flights.

However, an application made by Virgin Australia to Australia's International Air Services Commission "to permit Virgin Atlantic to code share on Virgin Australia services on the Hong Kong route."

Virgin Australia launched flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong in mid-2017 and is now eyeing Sydney or Brisbane for an additional Hong Kong route by the end of 2018.

If approved, the codeshare agreement would allow Virgin Atlantic passengers to make a single booking to travel from London to Hong Kong to Australia. This could also see Virgin Australia passengers able to book codeshare travel on Virgin Atlantic's Hong Kong to London Boeing 787.

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


  • pdaniels62


    22 Dec, 2017 12:42 pm

    Hi David. On a related matter do you know if VA and VS will check baggage to final destinations. I know they have interline agreements. We have VS upper classes booked HKG -LHR using flying club points. We have to book Mel-HKG. If they do we would probably take the VA option.
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  • Michael Dart


    22 Dec, 2017 03:20 pm

    I think you will be fine. Sabre shows as both having a baggage agreement.
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  • Doubleplatinum


    27 Dec, 2017 12:23 am

    What site do you get this info from? Is it expertflyer?
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  • StudiodeKadent


    22 Dec, 2017 03:09 pm

    This would be very good for both airlines (particularly VA), and provide some extra competition to BA/QF/CX. I hope it gets approved... indeed I'd be surprised if it isn't approved.
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  • pdaniels62


    22 Dec, 2017 03:28 pm

    Thanks mdart86. Couldn't help ourselves. We booked for November 18 and had no issues getting 2 return seats in upper class on our choice of days.
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  • rencontre


    22 Dec, 2017 11:01 pm

    Exciting news!!!
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  • Chris McKellar


    24 Dec, 2017 08:59 am

    It dosn't suprise me. I thought it was VS plan to co-share with VA services in and out between Hongkong and Australia.
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  • apacau


    24 Dec, 2017 12:49 pm

    We flew a VS/VA combo flight to LHR and bags were checked through and boarding passes issued for all sectors. Great way to get to LHR as well (especially if travelling up front!).

    Applies via HKG as well as vi LAX.
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  • Chris Ricks

    The Evil Muppet

    25 Dec, 2017 09:50 am

    It looks like VA have minimal codeshare agreements allowing onward travel from HKG.

    Given the network their partners offer from HKG, this looks like a terrible missed opportunity!
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  • UpUpAndAway


    25 Dec, 2017 06:51 pm

    Great option for getting to London, I'll be going that way

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