Qatar Airways and Virgin Australia have announced a strategic partnership expanding both carriers' combined networks.
Announced during the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, the new stategic partnership will open connections onto Virgin Australia's network via Qatar Airways' destinations in Australia.
From Doha, Qatar Airways operates daily flights to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Perth along with thrice-weekly flights to Adelaide which continues on to Auckland, New Zealand. The partnership will open connections to 35 destinations on Virgin Australia's domestic network along with recently launched international flights to Fiji and Queenstown, New Zealand.
Virgin Australia customers will be able to access Qatar Airways' network from its hub in Doha to 140 destinations worldwide.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: "We have a strong, long-standing relationship with Australia and this agreement with Virgin Australia comes at a time when it is needed the most. This partnership will give Australian passengers access to the world that they have so acutely missed these past two years, to be able to reconnect with family and friends, and keep the wheels of trade moving. We hope many of them will stopover in Doha to enjoy the wonderful tourism industry that Qatar has to offer. For those travelling farther afield, they will benefit from the award-winning facilities of our hub, Hamad International Airport, enabling their onward journey. It also opens up the beautiful, cosmopolitan nation of Australia to our passengers flying in on Qatar Airways flights, after such a long, difficult time."
Virgin Australia Group Chief Executive Officer Jayne Hrdlicka said: “Today is more great news for Virgin Australia and Velocity Frequent Flyer members who are hungry to travel internationally. We are incredibly focused on creating great travel experiences and our new partnership with Qatar Airways will significantly expand Virgin Australia’s footprint into the Middle East, Europe and Africa, offering hundreds more ways our guests can seamlessly see the world. Virgin Australia and Qatar Airways are both known for their award-winning service and joining forces means that together we are able to provide an incredible experience when travelling between Australia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and beyond. Qatar Airways has been a very important partner to Australia during the pandemic, maintaining vital connectivity to the world in difficult circumstances. We are proud to have Qatar Airways join the Virgin Australia family and we look forward to welcoming their guests onboard Virgin Australia services mid-year.”