San Francisco-based Virgin America has begun interlining with Taiwan’s China Airlines, to offer seamless travel on the networks of both carriers across their respective North American and Asian routes.
China Airlines is the 11th interline partner for Virgin America, which has grown to 17 destinations, a fleet of 51 aircraft and 2,600 employees since its launch in August 2007.
In addition to the new China Airlines agreement, Virgin America has interline agreements with Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic, Air New Zealand, Emirates, Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, South African Airways, El Al and Qantas. For more information, visit www.virginamerica.com/travel/virgin-partners.html.
“We’re pleased to sign an interline agreement with China Airlines that will allow us to provide guests of both of our airlines with more connection options between Taiwan and U.S. cities,” says Adam Green, Virgin America’s director of network planning. “Strategic partnerships like this one with China Airlines are critical to driving connections over our SFO and LAX bases.”
Effective last month, the agreement allows connecting passengers to purchase interline tickets for travel between the U.S. and Taiwan and beyond. Under the agreement, China Airlines provides service from Taiwan’s capital Taipei to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
The interline partnership offers a new choice for passengers of both airlines to travel between Taipei and Virgin America destinations such as Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia, New York JFK and Washington Dulles. Both airlines will transfer baggage between connecting flights to passengers’ final destinations.
China Airlines, which has its headquarters in and main hub at Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei, flies to destinations in Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. China Airlines has a strong presence in Southeast Asia, East Asia, Northeast Asia and Greater China.
Interline electronic tickets for Virgin America and China Airlines connecting flights can now be booked through all the major global distribution systems (GDSs). Travel agents should refer to China Airlines’ GDS reference pages for further booking instructions.