In December of last year, Virgin Australia and Air Canada announced a partnership. In this partnership, the airlines said that they would codeshare on some services, receive reciprocal frequent flyer benefits and make international connections easier both in Australia and the United States and Canada.
As the partnership was announced in 2016 and it’s now almost halfway into 2017, many were sceptical about it and thought that It wasn’t going to happen. However, the airline has just announced information regarding the partnership and it is going ahead.
From today, Virgin will sell Air Canada codeshare flights from Los Angeles to 3 main Canadian cities for passengers connecting from the Brisbane/Sydney/Melbourne – Los Angeles services. These cities are Toronto, Calgary and Montreal. I was very surprised to see Vancouver missing from the list considering it’s AC’s hub airport, travel effective June 1st and you’ll be able to credit to Velocity.
The Los Angeles – Toronto flights are operated by a mixture of A320’s, 767’s and A321’s. The Los Angeles – Montreal route is operated by A320’s and the Los Angeles – Calgary flights are operated by A319’s.
Virgin Australia also said that they will place their VA code on Air Canada’s direct services from Vancouver – Brisbane, Vancouver – Sydney and the upcoming Vancouver – Melbourne service.
On top of this, passengers flying on Air Canada’s direct services to both Sydney and Brisbane will be able to connect to many Australian and New Zealand destinations on Virgin Australia starting from June 1st. These are the following destinations in Australia and New Zealand: Auckland, Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns, Perth, Canberra, Gold Coast, Sydney and Wellington. You’ll be able to credit these flights to Aeroplan and the codeshare flights are on sale from today.
At this stage, there’s no more indication of redemption rates, earning rates or any other frequent flyer program information. There’s more information to be revealed at a later date.