During the Arabian Travel Market, Qatar Airways and Virgin Australia conclude a new strategic partnership

Qatar Airways, winner of the “Best Airline in the World” award at the Skytrax World Awards 2021 and Virgin Australia, Australia’s most popular airline, announced today that they have entered into a new strategic partnership that will improve travel opportunities . Through the network of destinations of both companies, offering the best benefits through the airport lounges and in the loyalty programs of Qatar Airways and Virgin Australia Airlines.

From the middle of this year, this partnership will provide passengers with greater travel opportunities, an exceptional customer experience and unparalleled benefits when flying from Australia to any destination on Qatar Airways’ global network. The partnership will also provide convenient transit options for passengers through Qatar Airways Gateways to Australia and major Virgin Australia hubs, including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. This strategic agreement will also improve Australia ‘s trade and tourism sectors and provide more new travel opportunities and destinations for both airlines, according to the Qatar Airways website.

The agreement between Qatar Airways and Virgin Australia Airlines was announced at the start of the Arabian Travel Market 2022 exhibition in Dubai, where Qatar Airways has a large and distinguished presence.

Qatar Airways currently operates daily flights to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, in addition to operating three weekly flights to Adelaide that continue to Auckland in New Zealand. Thanks to this new code-sharing agreement, Qatar Airways passengers will be able to travel seamlessly to 35 destinations across Virgin Australia’s growing domestic network, including major Australian tourist destinations such as Cairns, Gold Coast, Alice Springs and Broome, booking One. In return, Qatar Airways passengers will be able to travel to short-term international destinations to which the Australian company has resumed flights, including Fiji and Queenstown in New Zealand. Similarly, Virgin Australia Airlines passengers and members of the award-winning Australian Airlines Velocity Frequent Flyer program will be able to enjoy the best travel options in more than 140 destinations. the entire Qatar Airways global network, including its own. The Middle East, Europe and Africa, through the headquarters of Qatar’s carrier in Doha, Hamad International Airport, which has been awarded the “Best Airport in the World” award, according to the Skytrax International ranking.

Virgin Australia passengers will be able to enjoy the best travel options directly to any of Qatar Airways’s growing destinations, with the ability to book Qatar Airways flights through the Virgin Australia website. Qatar Airways operates flights to 54 cities in Europe, with more than 600 flights per week, offering the best travel options for Virgin Australia customers. Qatar Airways passengers will also be able to book flights to any destination through the Australian carrier network through the Qatar Airways website: www.qatarairways.com.

The strategic partnership also includes providing more benefits to Qatar and Australia Airlines loyalty programs, which allow members of the Qatar Airways Privilege Club to earn and purchase Avios points when traveling to Virgin Australia Airlines, offering the same benefits for Australian carrier Velocity Club members when traveling with Qatar Airways. Members of both airlines’ loyalty programs will also enjoy a wide range of other tremendous benefits depending on the membership level, including access to the airport lounge, additional baggage allowance, priority check, boarding and demand for luggage when traveling on both airlines. On the other hand, Qatar Airways Privilege Club recently upgraded its program and services by entering into a new partnership with Avios, offering its members even more options and tremendous benefits.

The strategic partnership between the two airlines was created by Qatar Airways’ long commitment to providing the best travel options between Australia and the world. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Qatar Airways was the only airline that did not stop its international flights to Australia, allowing Australian passengers to return home safely.

Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar al-Baker said: “We have a strong and long-term relationship with Australia and the signing of this agreement with Virgin Australia comes at the perfect time, as this partnership will allow Australian travelers to travel to it. various international. destinations and meet family, friends and loved ones after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, as well as maintaining the global trade recovery. We also invite Australian travelers to enjoy stops in Doha and explore the tourism sector and the amazing tourist services offered by Qatar. As for travelers to long-haul destinations, they will be able to enjoy the award-winning facilities of Hamad International Airport as they continue their flights to their final destinations via Qatar Airways. We also believe that this agreement will open the doors of Australia for Qatar Airways passengers to visit this amazing country, especially after the long and difficult period that the world has gone through. “

Jane Hrdlika, CEO of Virgin Australia Airlines Group, said: “Today we bring great news for Virgin Australia travelers and Velocity Referent Flyer members who are eager to fly around the world. We are keen to focus on providing experiences and opportunities Amazing travel for our passengers, so our new partnership with Qatar Airways will enable us to expand Virgin Australia’s network of destinations in the Middle East, Europe and Africa, offering plenty of travel opportunities for our passengers to easily enjoy exploring the world.Qatar Airways with its valued services, and this partnership between the two airlines will contribute to providing an exceptional travel experience when traveling between Australia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, etc. Qatar Airways has always been a key and important partner for Australia during the pandemic period as it continued to operate flights its in different parts of the world in light of the difficult and unprecedented circumstances we have gone through, we are also proud of this partnership with Qatar Airways, and we look forward to welcoming Qatar Airways customers to Virgin Australia flights starting from mid-year. “

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