Emirates Airlines, Virgin Blue Team Up to Connect Australian Cities


Emirates and Virgin Blue airlines have teamed up to launch the Emirates Visit Australia Pass, which will offer connections to 22 Australian destinations on Virgin Blue from all four Australian cities currently served by Emirates: Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Emirates passengers visiting Australia can extend their journey to an ever-expanding range of Australian cities. The pass follows an interline agreement reached between the two airlines last month to provide a convenient, single ticket option for travelers flying to regional points in Australia.

Emirates currently has four gateways in the U.S.: New York, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. All U.S. routes operate daily service with the exception of New York which operates twice daily service.

The pass must be issued in combination with return flights on Emirates to Australia on a single ticket. The international return journey must originate outside Australia and New Zealand. For travelers it means an enhanced travel experience with simple and streamlined ticketing. A minimum of two and a maximum of four domestic Virgin Blue flights can be combined with Emirates flights. Ticketing must be completed by March 31, 2010, and travel should be completed within the validity period of the international ticket.

Interline guests transiting through Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney will be provided free transfers between the domestic and international airports.