All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Virgin Australia have signed a new codeshare agreement. Under the terms of their agreement, ANA and Virgin Australia will implement codeshare flights within Japan and Australia and introduce reciprocal frequent flyer benefits for their members.
The announcement of the new codeshare agreement comes as ANA expands its presence in Australia with the launch of its new service between Tokyo - Narita and Perth in September 2019, and its plans to increase the frequency of its flights between Tokyo - Haneda and Sydney in summer 2020. Virgin Australia has also just started selling new flights between Haneda and Brisbane.
Starting on January 30, ANA and Virgin Australia will begin their codeshare on six routes within Australia:
- Sydney and Brisbane
- Sydney and Melbourne
- Sydney and Cairns
- Sydney and Canberra
- Sydney and Gold Coast
- Sydney and Adelaide
The codeshare routes within Australia will open for booking January 21, subject to government approval.
ANA customers will be able to travel on these Virgin Australia services with ANA tickets, having their bags checked all the way through to their destinations and with one booking experience. Later this spring, the carriers will further expand their partnership by commencing domestic and international codeshare routes in Japan and Australia. As part of this expansion, ANA and Virgin Australia will provide members of their frequent flyer programs with reciprocal benefits across both airlines.