Virgin Atlantic is pleased to announce that it has expanded its co-operation with America West Airlines to enable its passengers to enjoy Codeshare connections between the services of the two carriers.Passengers will be offered convenient connections between Virgin Atlantic services from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Washington Dulles, and America West Services from Phoenix, Las Vegas and San Diego.
From America West’s Phoenix and Las Vegas hubs, onward connections are available to more than 90 destinations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica.
Willy Boulter, Virgin Atlantic’s Commercial Director, commented:
“We are delighted to announce this new Codeshare with America West Airlines. The Agreement offers passengers greater flexibility and connections to more destinations in the US, together with fantastic value and excellent standards of service throughout their journey.”
Scott Kirby, Executive Vice-President Sales and Marketing for America West, commented:
“Code-sharing with Virgin Atlantic is the next logical step in expanding our marketing relationship, Virgin’s customers will have access to all of the amenities of a full-service carrier along with amazingly low fares.”
To celebrate the new partnership, Virgin Atlantic flying club members will earn double miles on all qualifying flights when travelling on America West between August 1 and November 30 2004. America West FlightFund members will also earn double miles when flying qualifying flights in the same time period.
America West’s FlightFund members and Virgin Atlantic’s flying club members will continue to receive reciprocal benefits from both frequent flyer programmes, meaning that respective miles can be accrued and redeemed on either airline.
Since it was founded in 1984, Virgin Atlantic Airways has become Britain’s second largest carrier, serving the world’s major cities. Now based at London Gatwick, London Heathrow and Manchester airports, Virgin operate long haul services to twenty-two destinations worldwide as far reaching as Las Vegas and Shanghai.
America West Airlines is the second largest low-fare airline in the US and the only carrier formed since deregulation to achieve major airline status. America West’s 13,000 employees serve nearly 55,000 customers a day in 96 destinations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica.