The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has given formal approval for Singapore Airlines' proposed alliance with Virgin Australia, the final regulatory approval needed for...

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has given formal approval for Singapore Airlines’ proposed alliance with Virgin Australia.

Singapore Airlines has 19 Airbus A380 super-jumbos in service or on order and holds options on six more, so it could be operating a fleet of 25 of the type later in the decade

The ACCC’s determination represents the final regulatory approval needed for Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Virgin Australia to proceed with their wide-ranging alliance.


According to the two carriers, customers will be able to reciprocally earn and redeem frequent-flyer miles on SIA and Virgin Australia flights by the end of the year.

Codesharing is expected to begin early next year.

This is the new logo that the Virgin Australia Group has adopted since it renamed itself from the Virgin Blue Group

Under the alliance, SIA and Virgin Australia will codeshare on each other’s international and domestic flights; offer reciprocal frequent-flyer program benefits and lounge access; coordinate schedules between Singapore and Australia and beyond to provide seamless connections; and engage in joint sales, marketing and distribution activities.

The ACC gave its draft approval for the planned alliance on October 13. On October 20, the Competition Commission of Singapore announced its formal approval of the alliance.