Virgin Australia's new Melbourne-Hong Kong flights will use the Etihad Airways lounge at Melbourne and Hong Kong Airlines' Club Bauhinia lounge at Hong Kong – see our story here for full details.
PREVIOUS | Virgin Australia is expected to launch its frequent flyer partnership with Hong Kong Airlines later this month, ahead of the July 5 start of direct Virgin flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong.
The hookup will also include access to HKA's lounge network, including its flagship Club Bauhinia lounge at Hong Kong Airport (below) which would be available to Virgin's business class passengers and top-tier Gold and Platinum Velocity Frequent Flyers prior to their journey back to Melbourne.
The Melbourne Airport lounge to be used prior to Virgin's flights from Melbourne is yet to be announced.
The reciprocal arrangement should also see Virgin's Velocity Frequent Flyer members able to earn Velocity points on selected flights with Hong Kong Airlines as well as HK Express and Hainan Airlines which will operate as codeshares carrying a VA flight number, including domestic flights in the Chinese mainland market.
Following the launch of Virgin's Melbourne-Hong Kong service the airline will open a second route between Australia and China, although the anchor cities at either end of that corridor have yet to be revealed.