Aviation

Say Aloha: Hawaiian Airlines expands codeshare with Virgin Australia

Hawaiian Airlines has expanded its codeshare agreement with Virgin Australia, which connects travellers in more than a dozen Australian and New Zealand cities to a broader and more convenient network of flights to Hawai’i.

Travellers can now also take advantage of one-stop check-in and baggage transfers to their final destination and loyalty reward benefits.

The enhanced partnership builds on Virgin Australia’s popular codeshare flights operated by Hawaiian between Sydney (SYD) and Honolulu (HNL) by providing greater access to the Hawaiian Islands for travellers coming from beyond Hawaiian’s Sydney (SYD), Brisbane (BNE) and Auckland (AKL) gateways.

Guests travelling to Hawai’i from cities including Melbourne (MEL), Cairns (CNS), Townsville (TSV) and Mackay (MKY) can connect on Hawaiian codeshare flights to BNE and SYD operated by Virgin Australia effective April 3.

Starting April 10, Virgin Australia guests will also be able to book non-stop flights to Honolulu (HNL) from BNE on Virgin Australia codeshare flights operated by Hawaiian for travel April 17 and beyond.

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This is in addition to existing codeshare flights between SYD and HNL, as well as Maui (OGG), Kauai (LIH), and Kona on the Island of Hawai‘i (KOA).

New Zealanders in Christchurch (CHC), Wellington (WLG), Dunedin (DUD) and other cities, including the alpine resort town of Queenstown (ZQN), will also be able to travel across the Tasman on Hawaiian codeshare flights operated by Virgin Australia.

“We are delighted to expand our relationship and look forward to sharing our Hawaiian hospitality with more Virgin Australia passengers aboard our aircraft,” said Andrew Stanbury, Hawaiian Airlines regional director in Australia and New Zealand.

“Hawai’i is a hugely popular destination with Australians and New Zealanders and we are excited to extend our reach and provide a seamless  travel experience to the Hawaiian Islands.”

Both airlines will offer members of their loyalty programs, Velocity Frequent Flyer and HawaiianMiles, the opportunity to earn and redeem points or miles for travel on either carrier.

HawaiianMiles members can earn miles on eligible classes of Virgin Australia-operated flights, while Velocity Frequent Flyer members can earn Points and Status Credits on eligible classes of Hawaiian-operated flights.

On flights between Hawai’i, Australia and New Zealand, Hawaiian Airlines operates spacious wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft featuring Premium Cabin lie-flat seating, and expanded Extra Comfort seating in the Main Cabin.

Guests enjoy Hawaiian Airlines’ signature Mea Ho’okipa (translation: I am host) hospitality and island-inspired meals prepared by leading Hawai‘i chefs.

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