Does Virgin Australia belong to an airline alliance such as Star Alliance, Oneworld or SkyTeam?
Virgin Australia isn't a member of any of the 'Big Three' airline alliance families of Star Alliance, Oneworld or SkyTeam.
Many Virgin flyers wish this was otherwise, and there's often speculation that Virgin Australia could join either Star Alliance or SkyTeam, although signing up to the Oneworld family – which includes Qantas – is not on the cards!
Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti repeatedly pours water on such talk, saying that it's not a priority and that he prefers the "flexibility" of Virgin's current series of bespoke partnerships.
This currently includes stakeholders Singapore Airlines and Etihad Airways, as well as Air New Zealand, US carrier Delta, Alitalia, South African Airways and Branson-branded cousins Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic.
The scope of those partnerships can vary from one airline to the next, however, with less consistency than formal alliances when it comes to enjoying Velocity Frequent Flyer status perks such as lounge access, priority checkin and a higher checked luggage allowance.
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