Virgin Australia launches Australia to London codeshare service

Virgin Australia has launched services from Australia to London via Los Angeles codesharing with Virgin Atlantic. Previously, only Virgin’s partners Singapore Airlines or Etihad could take Velocity Frequent Flyers to London. Now, Virgin will fly customers from Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne to Los Angeles followed by a Virgin Atlantic flight from Los Angeles to London on their Boeing 787 service.

It’s great to see Virgin expanding their long haul network with additional codeshare routes. Unfortunately the flight timings don’t work that well from Brisbane and will result in an 8 hour wait in LAX. A stopover could be added in LAX however to make the trip more appealing.

I would love to see a much more tightly integrated international network under the Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic brands. Virgin Australia starts flying to Hong Kong from Sydney shortly and already flies there from Melbourne. This could provide another opportunity to connect onto Virgin Atlantic services.

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