Etihad, Virgin Blue receive draft approval


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has granted Virgin Blue and Etihad Airways a tentative approval for their proposed alliance.

The ACCC said the alliance between the two airlines would increase competition on the markets as well as benefit the Australian public with extra services and new networks.

Etihad Airways chief executive James Hogan said the relationship would benefit everyone particularly Australian and Abu Dhabi customers.

“Partnering with Virgin Blue enables Etihad to offer customers 45 new destinations across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, and opens a host of new connections and routings to Australian travellers via Abu Dhabi,” Mr Hogan said.

“With our frequent flyer programs working together, Etihad and Virgin Blue offer a compelling travel option for corporate travel accounts worldwide, and we look forward to focusing on this important segment.”

The alliance between Etihad and V Australia will include 27 weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Australia.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
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