Virgin Australia passengers will now be able to jet off to Paris, Milan and Rome on newly-minted partner Qatar Airways, with codeshare agreements to the trio of European cities receiving the official rubber stamp this week.
Qatar Airways currently flies from its Doha hub to Paris – with some of those services on its flagship Airbus A380 – and Nice, along with Italian the draw cards of Rome and Milan.
Virgin already has codeshare agreements for France and Italy in place with Etihad Airways and Singapore Airlines – both of which fly to Paris, Rome and Milan – but applied to Australia’s International Air Services Commission for “the use of capacity for code sharing with Qatar Airways.”
Under the determination, a VA flight number will be placed on Qatar Airways services, allowing travellers to book their entire journey as a single itinerary with seamless ticketing.
They also typically unlock additional benefits for frequent flyers, such as a larger haul of points and status credits.
This has the potential to open up more seats, including Qatar’s superb business class Qsuites, for Virgin’s Velocity members to book with their points.