Virgin America has signed an interline agreement with Dubai-based Emirates to offer U.S. travelers seamless travel on the networks of each carrier.
The partnership, which has already gone live, allows travelers the option to book flights through Emirates with connecting service on Virgin America, making travel easier and more convenient within a single itinerary. Bookings may only be made through Emirates and can be purchased through www.emirates.com, Emirates call centers, partner travel agencies and other online travel agencies.
“We’re pleased to partner with an airline also known for offering travelers a world-class flying experience – with a focus on upscale amenities and outstanding service,” says Adam Green, director of Network Planning at Virgin America. “We hope this new agreement will offer guests a more seamless travel experience on two airlines known for the quality of their service.”
The frequency of both Emirates and Virgin America flights mean a shorter stop-over time for guests continuing on to Dubai, while the increased connections make traveling to the Middle East hub more accessible throughout the U.S. Flyers on Emirates can now book a connecting flight on Virgin America, via its gateways in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York or Toronto.
“Our new agreement with Virgin America will bring our American West Coast gateways within easier reach of dozens of U.S. cities, making travel more convenient for customers travelling to or from the Middle East and beyond,” says Nigel Page, Emirates’ senior vice president of commercial operations for Americas and Africa. “This partnership is a further demonstration of our commitment to the United States and we will continue to look for new opportunities to enhance our service provision moving forwards.”
Virgin America continues to experience significant growth, adding four new destinations in 2010. Since its launch in 2007, the airline has signed interline agreements with VAustralia; Virgin Atlantic; Cathay Pacific; El Al; South African Airways; Qatar Airways; and Emirates.
Emirates flies to Dubai twice daily from Los Angeles, Houston and New York City, and daily from San Franciscoi. Emirates passengers in transit at Dubai International Airport enjoy state-of-the-art facilities at the airport’s new Terminal 3, which is dedicated exclusively to the airline. An Emirates lounge is set to debut at San Francisco International Terminal in February 2011.
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