Hawaiian Airlines and Virgin Australia expand codeshare agreement

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Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-200 H380HA takes off from Brisbane. (Aaron Taylor)

Virgin Australia will add its VA airline code on Hawaiian Airlines’ Brisbane-Honolulu nonstop flight as part of an expanded partnership between the two carriers.

The codeshare on Brisbane-Honolulu will be effective April 17 and adds to Virgin Australia’ s existing codeshare on the US carrier’ s Sydney-Honolulu service, Hawaiian said on Monday.

Meanwhile, Hawaiian will add its HA airline code on Virgin Australia-operated flights from Brisbane and Sydney to Cairns, Mackay, Melbourne and Townsville from April 3, as well as on select trans-Tasman services, including Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown and Wellington.

“ We’ re pleased to announce an expansion to our existing codeshare agreement with Hawaiian Airlines, {one of|among|certainly one of} our first codeshare partners, which means guests of both airlines will now enjoy more opportunities to travel between our wonderful destinations in Australia, New Zealand and Hawai’ i, ” Virgin Australia general manager of alliances Phil Squires said in a statement.

The two carriers established a codeshare partnership in 2011 , when Virgin Australia added its VA airline code on Hawaiian’ s Sydney-Honolulu nonstop flight and on connecting services beyond Honolulu {to three|to 3} Hawaiian islands – Maui, Kauai and The Big Island.

Meanwhile, Hawaiian offered interline connections beyond Sydney on Virgin Australia-operated flights.

{There are also|Additionally, there are|You can also get} reciprocal frequent flyer benefits for members of Virgin Australia’ s Velocity and Hawaiian Airlines’ HawaiianMiles.

Hawaiian has served Sydney {from its|from the} Honolulu hub since 2004 . It added Brisbane-Honolulu in November 2012 , followed by Auckland-Honolulu in March 2013.

Currently, Brisbane has between three and four flights a week, {depending on the|based on the|according to the} time of the year, while Auckland has between four and five flights {a week|per week|weekly} and Sydney is either six times weekly or daily, according to schedules on the Hawaiian website.

“ We are delighted to expand our relationship and look forward to sharing our Hawaiian hospitality {with more|with increased|with additional} Virgin Australia passengers aboard our aircraft, ” Hawaiian Airlines regional director {in Australia|nationwide} and New Zealand Andrew Stanbury said in a statement.

“ Hawai’ i is a hugely popular destination with Australians and New Zealanders and we are excited to extend our reach and provide a seamless travel experience to the Hawaiian Islands. ”

All its services to Australia and New Zealand are operated by Airbus A330-200s configured with 18 {first class|top class|1st class} seats, 68 extra comfort economy seats and 192 standard economy seats {for a|for any|to get a} total of 278.

In March 2018, the airline announced an order for 10 Boeing 787-9s {and purchase|and buy} rights for a further 10 aircraft .

First delivery was expected in early 2021.

Qantas (Sydney-Honolulu) and its low-cost carrier Jetstar (Melbourne-Honolulu and Sydney-Honolulu) are the only two other airlines offering nonstop flights between Australia and Hawai’ i. Meanwhile, Air New Zealand has nonstop flights between Auckland and Honolulu.

Hawaiian has spoken publicly {of being|to be|penalized} keen to forge closer ties with Virgin Australia for some time.

In 2014, the airline’ s then chief executive Mark Dunkerley said when in Australia {for an|to have an|for the} aviation conference that Virgin Australia made a “ tremendously important contribution” to Hawaiian’ s flights {to this|for this|to the} part of the world.

“ I think we are always interested in working more closely with Virgin Australia. {We have|We now have|We certainly have} a good relationship with them {and we|and|and that we} do talk to them periodically, ” Dunkerley said.

And 2018, current chief executive Peter Ingram said on the sidelines of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual general meeting in Sydney: “ We’ d like to find more {opportunities to|for you to|in order to} cooperate with them. Hopefully {we will|we are going to|you will} have a chance to do that. ”

An artist's impression of a Boeing 787-9 in Hawaiian Airlines livery. (Hawaiian Airlines)

An artist’ s impression of a Boeing 787-9 in Hawaiian Airlines livery. (Hawaiian Airlines)