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Virgin Australia and Qatar Airways Celebrate New Strategic Partnership at Brisbane Airport

Virgin Australia and Qatar Airways celebrated the launch of their new strategic partnership at a special Brisbane Airport ceremony on Thursday (August 8th). The partnership spans 49 markets across Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


Virgin Australia and Qatar Airways Team Members Celebrate the Launch of a New Strategic Partnership at Brisbane Airport of Thursday, September 8, 2022 - Courtesy Virgin Australia

On Thursday (September 8, 2022), Virgin Australia and Qatar Airways celebrated the launch of their new strategic partnership with a special event held at Brisbane Airport (BNE), featuring dancers from across the markets served by both airlines. The new strategic partnership spans 49 markets across Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Eligible Qatar Airways Privilege Club and Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer members will now enjoy lounge access and added benefits when traveling on either carrier.


Celebrating the partnership launch, Privilege Club members traveling on Virgin Australia will enjoy double Avios for travel through December 5th, while Velocity members traveling on Qatar Airways will enjoy special fares for bookings made on the carrier’s website by September 12th, and can enter an exclusive draw to become a Velocity Points millionaire. Three lucky Velocity Frequent Flyer members will win one million Points each by flying on Qatar Airways before December 31, 2022. The partners will also soon launch a market-leading proposition for Business Class guests.


In Thursday’s announcment, Qatar Airways Group’s Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said,


“Unlike other airlines, we were determined to keep flying to and from Australia during COVID, get desperate people home and keep businesses connected to the world, now we have strengthened our presence even more in cooperation with our good friends at Virgin Australia.


“This partnership will also allow Qatar Airways Privilege Club members to earn and redeem Avios when flying on Virgin Australia. Passengers will benefit from the award-winning facilities of our hub at Hamad International Airport, recently voted the World’s Best Airport for two consecutive years, to create a comfortable journey. It also opens up Australia to our passengers flying in on Qatar Airways flights, after such a long, difficult time.”


Also commenting on the partnership launch, Virgin Australia Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Jayne Hrdlicka, said,


“Today is an incredibly exciting day for Virgin Australia and our loyal Velocity Frequent Flyer members with Qatar Airways officially joining the Virgin Australia family. We are continuing to deliver on our promise to grow our international network, and from today, our guests will have direct access to over 150 destinations worldwide on the Qatar network, including more access to the Middle East, Europe and Africa than we have ever offered in the history of our airline.”


Originally announced in May 2022, the new strategic partnership opens seamless travel to over 150 destinations across the extensive Qatar Airways and Virgin Australia networks, creating new gateway for seamless travel between Australia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, including popular destinations such as London, Paris, Rome and Athens. Flights are now available for booking on both airlines’ websites for travel from Monday, September 12, 2022.



Source: Virgin Australia

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