Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia are claiming a world first for frequent flyers, by allowing members of their respective KrisFlyer and Velocity Frequent Flyer loyalty programs to convert their miles and points from either program to the other.

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With this order, Virgin Australia becomes the first Australian airline to order the new Boeing 737 MAX, while adding to its existing fleet of 68 Boeing 737NG aircraft.

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The three airlines have agreed to a global partnership that for the first time allows each airline’s loyalty-program members to redeem miles or points when taking flights on any of the sister-branded airlines across their respective route networks.

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Singapore-based leasing company Avation PLC has ordered five more ATR 72-600 regional turboprops for Australia’s Skywest Airlines, which will operate the aircraft on a range of Australian domestic routes on behalf of Virgin Australia.

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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 two carriers to proceed with their wide-ranging alliance.

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Hawaiian Airlines and the Virgin Australia group of airlines have launched a new agreement that allows V Australia to codeshare on Hawaiian Airlines’ flights between Sydney and Honolulu, and on Hawaiian’s connecting inter-island flights to Kahului, Lihue, Hilo and Kona.

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The ACCC is expected to make its final ruling following public comments on the proposal. The two airlines are also awaiting approval from the Competition Commission of Singapore.

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Delta Air Lines and Virgin Australia Airlines are beginning their planned transpacific codeshare agreement on flights between the United States and Australia on November 6, and have arranged to make customer connections easier at Los Angeles.

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From August 1, Singapore Airlines customers are able to connect to a range of Australian destinations served by Virgin Australia on one ticket, with terminal transfers, in-flight entertainment and meals included. Reciprocal lounge access for eligible Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia customers is also now available.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted final approval of antitrust immunity for a transpacific alliance between Delta Air Lines and the Virgin Australia Airlines group. This will allow the carriers to implement a joint venture on services linking the United States, Australia and the South Pacific.

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Singapore Airlines and the Virgin Australia group of airlines – formerly the Virgin Blue group – have signed an agreement that will enable them to establish a long-term alliance.

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