Americas To Middle East – Virgin America and Emirates affiliation

The California based airline, Virgin America has recently signed an interline agreement with the UAE based giant Emirates Airline. Headquarter in Dubai, Emirates is one of the world’s fastest growing and leading airlines offering flights to all six continents. However, Emirates’ presence in America and vice versa for Virgin in Middle East and Asia, is a very promising beginning of the new year.

The partnership will enhance both airline’s connectivity and networks while US travelers will be able to attain seamless travel on the routes of both carries. This partnership also allows travelers the option to book flights through Emirates with connecting service on Virgin America. This single itinerary feature will simplify travelling and allow more convenient flight schedules. The partnership went live this fall and bookings can be made on Emirates Airline and travel agencies worldwide.

Addressing the event, Adam Green, Director of Network Planning at Virgin America said: “We’re pleased to partner with an airline also known for offering travelers a world-class flying experience – with a focus on upscale amenities and outstanding service,”

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He further added “We hope this new agreement will offer guests a more seamless travel experience on two airlines known for the quality of their service.”

Emirates is a popular and strong airline providing onward connections throughout the world via Dubai. Emirates’ flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide as well as flights to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch can be accessed through Dubai where the airline also provides complimentary stop over and over night stay in luxury hotels in case of long or overnight stopovers.

Emirates and Virgin America flights connectivity and schedules packed in one itinerary means a shorter stop-over time for travelers continuing on to Dubai, while the increased connections make traveling to the Middle East hub more accessible throughout the U.S.

Travelers using Virgin America-Emirates can also book a connecting flight on Virgin America, via its gateways in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York or Toronto.

At this occasion, Nigel Page, Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations for Americas and Africa Emirates stated: “Our new agreement with Virgin America will bring our American West Coast gateways within easier reach of dozens of U.S. cities, making travel more convenient for customers travelling to or from the Middle East and beyond,”

He added: “This partnership is a further demonstration of our commitment to the United States and we will continue to look for new opportunities to enhance our service provision moving forwards.”

Virgin America, launched in 2007 also has interlined agreements with Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic, Cathay Pacific, El-Al, South African Airways and Qatar Airways. Virgin America has seen significant growth in its three years of launch and recently added four new destinations in its network in 2010.

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