Qatar Airways, Virgin Australia to launch strategic partnership
Qatar Airways and Virgin Australia have announced their strategic partnership this week, significantly expanding the networks, lounges, and loyalty programmes beneficial for customers of both the airlines.
Flights can now be booked on each airline’s websites for travel effective 12 September 2022. The partnership creates a new gateway of travel between Australia, the Middle-East, Europe and Africa.
Members of Privilege Club will be able to earn Avios and QPoints on flights which will be operated by Virgin Australia, and Velocity Frequent Flyer members can earn Velocity Points and Status Credits for flights operated by Qatar Airways.
The partnership is expected to boost trade and tourism for Australia and Qatar.
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Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, said: “Unlike other airlines, we were determined to keep flying to and from Australia during COVID, get desperate people home and keep businesses connected to the world. Now, we have strengthened our presence even more in cooperation with our good friends at Virgin Australia. “This partnership will also allow Qatar Airways Privilege Club members to earn and redeem Avios when flying on Virgin Australia. Passengers will benefit from the award-winning facilities of our hub at Hamad International Airport, recently voted the World’s Best Airport for two consecutive years, to create a comfortable journey. It also opens up Australia to our passengers flying in on Qatar Airways flights, after such a long, difficult time.”
Jayne Hrdlicka, Group Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Australia, added: “Today is an incredibly exciting day for Virgin Australia and our loyal Velocity Frequent Flyer members with Qatar Airways officially joining the Virgin Australia family. We are continuing to deliver on our promise to grow our international network, and from today, our guests will have direct access to over 150 destinations worldwide on the Qatar Airways’ network.”
“The partnership will also allow Virgin Australia to show our famous hospitality and all the incredible scenery and unique experiences we have in Australia when Qatar Airways’ customers and Privilege Club members fly on our network.”