SkyTeam, the worldwide airline alliance, and Virgin Atlantic introduced that the UK airline will join as SkyTeam’s latest member in early 2023. Virgin Atlantic will turn into SkyTeam’s first and solely UK member airline, enhancing the alliance’s transatlantic community and providers to and from Heathrow and Manchester Airport.
Virgin Atlantic clients will profit from a constant, seamless buyer expertise, throughout 1,000+ world locations. They’ll even have extra alternatives to earn and redeem factors throughout member airways and entry to a community of 750+ airport lounges, spanning six continents.
The airline’s Flying Club members will get pleasure from important advantages from the day of becoming a member of, with a world growth of its loyalty providing. Virgin Atlantic Silver Card holders might be recognised as SkyTeam Elite Members, while the airline’s Gold Card members will turn into Elite Plus. This recognition gives a raft of advantages, together with precedence examine in, baggage dealing with and boarding. Flying Club members might be in a position to make the most of the advantages as quickly as Virgin Atlantic formally enrols in SkyTeam, which is anticipated in early 2023.
Virgin Atlantic’s entry into the alliance builds upon the success of its transatlantic three way partnership partnership with Delta Air Lines and Air France-KLM, every already lengthy established SkyTeam members. The 4 companions are co-located at London Heathrow’s Terminal Three, alongside present SkyTeam members Aeromexico and China Eastern, offering clients with clean airside transits and essentially the most handy connections instances doable.
Walter Cho, SkyTeam Chairman stated: “Virgin Atlantic is synonymous with innovation and excellent service, an iconic British airline with a global outlook that puts customers at the heart of its operations – like SkyTeam and its members – and we are delighted to welcome them into our alliance.”
Kristin Colvile, SkyTeam CEO, stated: “As a member of SkyTeam, Virgin Atlantic will benefit from increased opportunities to expand its global network through partnerships and synergies: customers will have more ways to earn and burn miles while enjoying the service for which Virgin Atlantic is renowned. Virgin Atlantic shares SkyTeam’s values, caring for our customers, our employees, and the world in which they live, and we are excited to have them as part of the SkyTeam family.”
Shai Weiss, CEO Virgin Atlantic, commented: “At Virgin Atlantic we strive to create thoughtful experiences that feel different for our customers and SkyTeam shares that customer first ethos. 2022 marks the year Virgin Atlantic gets back to its best for our customers and people and joining SkyTeam is an important milestone. Our membership will allow us to enhance established relationships with our valued partners at Delta and Air France-KLM, as well as opening up opportunities to collaborate with new airlines. It will enable a seamless customer experience, with an expanded network and maximised loyalty benefits.”
Codeshare agreements are already in place with Aeromexico and Middle East Airlines with choices for extra codeshares to observe. Interline agreements with all SkyTeam members are already in place, offering one contact level for all clients, making a seamless journey on one ticket.