Virgin Australia today welcomed the ACCC's draft approval
of its expanded alliance with Skywest Airlines.
The alliance, which was granted interim approval on 25
January 2012, will allow the two airlines to jointly
contract with corporate customers, offering them an
integrated travel solution including scheduled and charter
services to regional, domestic and international
Virgin Australia Group Executive of Alliances, Network and
Yield, Merren McArthur said the expanded alliance would
enhance the airline's ability to meet the growing demand
from the resources and mining industries.
"We welcome the ACCC's draft approval for our proposed
expanded alliance with Skywest Airlines today.
"The alliance will allow us to offer corporate customers a
comprehensive travel package integrating Skywest's charter
services with Virgin Australia's extensive domestic
"It will also allow us to extend our Velocity Frequent
Flyer program to Skywest's charter services, enabling joint
corporate customers to earn frequent flyer Points and
Status Credits on those services and access preferred
seating, priority check-in and Virgin Australia lounges',
Ms McArthur said.
Virgin Australia said the alliance was an important part of
the airline's strategy to increase competition in the
Australian corporate travel market.
The ACCC is expected to make its final ruling following
receiving further submissions from the applicants and
interested parties in relation to this draft.
This press release was issued by Virgin Australia Holdings Limited and was initially posted at http://www.virginaustralia.com/au/en/about-us/media/2012/ACCC-DRAFT-APPROVAL-ALLIANCE/ . It was distributed, unedited and unaltered, by noodls on 2012-03-23 04:17:50 AM. The issuer is solely responsible for the accuracy of the information contained therein.