All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Virgin Australia have announced the signing of a partnership agreement to enhance connectivity between Japan and Australia.
Under the terms of their agreement, ANA and Virgin Australia will implement codeshare flights within Japan and Australia and introduce reciprocal frequent flyer benefits for their members.
The partnership will increase convenience and comfort for passengers traveling between Australia and Japan, and increase their ability to explore both countries.
The announcement of the new codeshare agreement comes as ANA expands its presence in Australia with the launch of its new service between Narita, Tokyo and Perth in September 2019.
The airline plans to increase the frequency of its flights between Haneda, Tokyo and Sydney in summer 2020. Virgin Australia has also just started selling their brand-new flights between Haneda and Brisbane.
“We are thrilled to partner with Virgin Australia, an award-winning airline that shares our uncompromising commitment to delivering the highest quality customer service,” said Shuichi Fujimura, executive vice president of ANA.
“This collaborative effort will allow us to meet growing passenger demand in the region by providing greater choice and flexibility through shared resources, and furthering ANA’s commitment to expanding the Japan – Australia network.”
Virgin Australia chief commercial officer, John MacLeod, said the airline was pleased to partner with ANA, as the partnership allowed the carriers to deliver a high level of service for travellers.
He said: “We are excited to commence our first flights between Brisbane and Tokyo, bringing our famous Virgin Australia service to Japanese guests.
“Australia is a wonderful destination with some of the world’s best beaches, an outback to explore and lots of unique wildlife, and we are so pleased to make it easier for Japanese tourists to see these amazing sights in our country.”
Starting January 30, ANA and Virgin Australia will begin codeshare on six routes within Australia, allowing ANA customers to travel seamlessly between Sydney and Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, Sydney and Cairns, Sydney and Canberra, Sydney and Gold Coast, Sydney and Adelaide.
Codeshare routes within Australia will be on sale from January 21, 2020.