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Virgin Australia to Launch New Flights to Hong Kong

Virgin Australia to Launch Flights to Hong Kong

2018 04 05

2018 04 05

Virgin Australia will begin flights from Sydney to Hong Kong on July 2, which will join its existing service from Melbourne to Hong Kong. The carrier had previously signaled it wanted to start the Sydney flights this year as it expands its reach in the Greater China market.

Virgin Australia regards Hong Kong as its gateway to mainland China, thanks to existing connections with partner Hong Kong Airlines. Virgin has also revealed it will be adding an interline agreement with Hong Kong Express, which like Hong Kong Airlines is an affiliate of the HNA Group. HNA is a major shareholder in Virgin Australia.

The Hong Kong Express interline flights will be sold by Virgin starting later this month, and will allow passengers from Sydney and Melbourne to connect to other Asian destinations beyond Hong Kong. Virgin Australia also connects with Virgin Atlantic flights in Hong Kong.

The new Sydney-Hong Kong route will use Airbus A330-200s. "Greater China is a key pillar of our strategy and the addition of Sydney services to our already popular Melbourne flights to Hong Kong strengthens our proposition immensely," Virgin Australia airlines group executive Rob Sharp said.

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