Virgin and Continental Extend Co-operation

1st Aug 2003

Virgin Atlantic Airways and Continental Airlines are pleased to announce that they are building on their long standing and successful codeshare agreement, by launching a reciprocal frequent flyer programme partnership.  The deal means that Virgin Atlantic and Continental frequent flyers will be able to accrue and redeem mileage on each other’s networks.

From 1 August 2003 Continental Airlines` OnePass members will be able to earn and redeem their OnePass miles for every Virgin Atlantic flight they take.  In the same way, Virgin Atlantic’s flying club members will be able to earn and redeem miles on Continental Airlines flights.  Virgin Atlantic and Continental Airlines have had a codeshare agreement since 1998, jointly offering passengers high quality and more travel options.

Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic said:
“We are delighted about this reciprocal frequent flyer deal with our long term codeshare partner Continental Airlines.  We see this as a great step forward in creating greater value, choice and flexibility for both flying club and OnePass members.”
Larry Kellner, President of Continental Airlines said:
“We are proud to be adding Virgin Atlantic as our newest OnePass partner and know that OnePass and flying club members will welcome the enhanced travel benefits provided by this new frequent flyer partnership.”
Virgin Atlantic is the UK’s second largest long-haul international airline, renowned for its innovation and award winning service delivery.  Operating services out of London`s Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, it flies to 22 destinations all over the world - from Shanghai to the Caribbean, Africa and the United States.  Virgin Atlantic carries approximately 4 million passengers per year and has a fleet of 26 aircraft.
Continental Airlines is the world’s seventh-largest airline and has more than 2,300 daily departures. With 134 domestic and 92 international destinations, Continental has the broadest global route network of any U.S. airline, including extensive service throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and carries approximately 41 million passengers per year on the newest jet fleet among major U.S. airlines.


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