California-based Virgin America has signed an interline agreement with Emirates, the Dubai-based international carrier.
The deal will see US travellers offered seamless travel on the networks of each carrier, with passengers offered the option to book flights through Emirates with connecting services on Virgin America.
“We are pleased to partner with an airline also known for offering travellers a world-class flying experience – with a focus on upscale amenities and outstanding service,” said Adam Green, director of network planning at Virgin America.
“We hope this new agreement will offer guests a more seamless travel experience on two airlines known for the quality of their service.”
Emirates were recognised as the Middle East’s Leading Airline Rewards Program by the World Travel Awards earlier this year
The frequency of both Emirates and Virgin America flights mean a shorter stop-over time for guests continuing on to Dubai, while the increased connections make travelling to the Middle East hub more accessible throughout the United States.
Flyers can now book a connecting flight on Virgin America, via its gateways in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York or Toronto.
“Our new agreement with Virgin America will bring our American West Coast gateways within easier reach of dozens of US cities, making travel more convenient for customers travelling to or from the Middle East and beyond,” said Nigel Page, senior vice president of commercial operations for Americas and Africa at Emirates.
“This partnership is a further demonstration of our commitment to the United States and we will continue to look for new opportunities to enhance our service provision moving forwards.”