Qatar Airways and Virgin Australia have commenced a new strategic partnership overnight spanning 49 markets across Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
New agreement includes an expansive codeshare agreement and unparalleled loyalty partnership benefits offering Virgin Australia and Qatar Airways passengers unique rewards and seamless travel across both carriers’ networks. Increased travel options and benefits across 35 destinations in Australia for Qatar Airways passengers and to more than 140 destinations worldwide for Virgin Australia passengers
Paul Scurrah will depart his role as chief executive of Virgin Australia when the deal to sell the carrier to Bain Capital closes. The move is expected to come in early November.
Virgin Australia has entered voluntary administration as it seeks to recapitalise the business in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. In the mid-term, the company said it hopes to emerge in a stronger financial position on the other side of the Covid-19 crisis.
Virgin Atlantic could be in imminent danger of collapse without government support, founder Richard Branson has warned. The carrier is believed to be seeking £500 million from the UK government.
Qantas and Virgin Australia have been offered $A165 by the Australian government to ensure they maintain key domestic routes across the country. Both carriers have suspended the majority of operations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Boeing and the Virgin Australia Group have revealed the airline is adding the largest member of the 737 MAX family to its growing single-aisle fleet.