Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines Announce New Darwin Services and Frequent Flyer Benefits


We have today announced with our alliance partner Singapore Airlines, the first two milestones of our recently approved alliance: new international and domestic routes to Darwin and the launch of frequent flyer programme co-operation.

As part of a joint plan to increase services to northern Australia, Singapore Airlines’ regional full service airline, SilkAir will begin a four-times-weekly service between Singapore and Darwin from 26 March 2012, and Virgin Australia will complement these services with a daily service between Sydney and Darwin from 2 April 2012.

We have also confirmed that from 20 December this year, we will commence reciprocal frequent flyer recognition, enabling KrisFlyer members to earn and redeem frequent flyer points on Virgin Australia’s network and Velocity members will be able to earn and redeem frequent flyer points on Singapore Airlines operated flights. Reciprocal lounge access is also available for eligible customers.

Singapore Airlines Executive Vice President Commercial and SilkAir Chairman, Mr Mak Swee Wah, said: “We are delighted to be adding Darwin to our network and providing more travel options for our customers as a result of our alliance with Virgin Australia. Our partnership enables us to better service this important market, particularly with the introduction of a strong business class product and extensive international connections.

Silk Air A320 (M Radzi Desa-airliners.net)

“The launch of reciprocal frequent flyer programme ties will also be particularly exciting news for our loyal customers. Our partnership with Virgin Australia will be delivering tangible benefits to customers, with more choice for domestic and international travel combined with seamless service.”

Virgin Australia Group Executive of Alliances, Network & Yield Management, Ms Merren McArthur said: “The alliance with Singapore Airlines enables us to open up important new routes in Australia and Asia and we have moved quickly to identify and realise this opportunity with our new partner”.

“Darwin is the gateway to the Northern Territory’s popular tourist destinations and is an increasingly important commercial hub. Together with Singapore Airlines we will be able to offer visitors from Singapore, Asia and Europe the opportunity to visit the Northern Territory and then travel onto Sydney and the East Coast of Australia.  Our services will also be attractive to business travelers who now have the option of a quality business class service from Sydney to Darwin and on to Singapore and beyond.”

“From next week, Virgin Australia customers will be able to enjoy the first benefits of the alliance, with the ability to earn and burn frequent flyer points and status credits on Singapore Airlines’ network of destinations and access over 14 lounges around the world. We look forward to bringing our customers further exciting benefits as the alliance develops,”, Ms McArthur said.

We can also announce that we will open a lounge at Darwin Airport for our eligible Virgin Australia guests as well as those of its alliance partners.

We expect to commence codesharing on each other’s services from early 2012.

Do you have travel to Singapore planned in 2012? Will this new news change how you book your flights?


13 Responses

  1. Vas December 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Yes definitely…I fly Virgin Australia every week domestically to Brisbane and am so happy that DJ/VA has joined forces with SQ as I can now fly to Greece on SQ enjoying the benefit of obtaining Velocity Points and Status Credits! What a great strategic move! Does this mean that Virgin will eventually join the Star Alliance?

  2. Andy December 13, 2011 at 10:20 am

    So glad you guys are doing this; I am planning a UK trip in late 2012 but have been holding off booking flights until this alliance is sorted, so that I can get Velocity points and fly Singapore Air to the UK :-) Great work guys!

  3. Hatchie December 13, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Brilliant alliance between the 2 best service providers from Oz to Europe – I always fly Virgin Oz domestically and Singapore to UK etc, so the Velocity Points I will be accruing on my trip to Euros 2012 in Poland will be well handy!

  4. MeMock December 13, 2011 at 10:37 am

    This is brilliant news. Since Garuda and Tiger dropped Darwin it has been very hard to get decent flights out of Darwin for Asia. Well done, I will be using you for sure.

  5. rowan December 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Thankyou. I am stuck in cairns and forced on to JQ. Can we have a through fare CNS-SIN please?

  6. The Hawk December 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Brilliant! I’m flying to Zurich with SQ on Jan 13…nice to know I’ll be able to get Velocity points for that!

  7. Kathy December 13, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Vas, I agree. However, it’s disappointing that you now have to fly to Istanbul on the way to Athens. I prefer the one stopover in Singapore only.

  8. Andrew December 14, 2011 at 8:00 am

    You betcha! I have been waiting for this agreement for so long. So happy that I can now enjoy the benefits of Velocity even further!

  9. kell December 14, 2011 at 11:22 am

    off to Singapore 28th December. So happy i can get velocity!!

  10. Dean December 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Great to hear of your excitement Andrew!

  11. Dean December 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Nicely timed trip!

  12. George December 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Great idea! hope that every australian capital city will soon have a virgin lounge!!!

  13. CorporateFlyer December 21, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Great news, but a bit disappointed that lounge access is only to SilverKris lounges which are predominately in Australia, so travelling SQ globally (other than Changi which is so brilliant you dont need a lounge) there is not much access