Virgin Atlantic has turn into the primary UK-based provider to affix the worldwide SkyTeam airline alliance in what it known as a “significant milestone” in its restoration from the Covid pandemic.
The provider is already in a joint enterprise enterprise with SkyTeam members Delta and Air-France-KLM, however from January it can be a part of the alliance to open up a brand new vary of advantages for members of its frequent flyer scheme, Flying Club, a few of whom can have entry to greater than 750 airport lounges around the globe. It additionally additionally excellent news for SkyTeam passengers who can use Virgin amenities.
Other reciprocal perks for passengers embrace further baggage allowances when flying with different airways in SkyTeam, whose line-up consists of AeroMexico, Korean Air and AirEuropa.
The announcement additionally poses an extra problem to struggling British Airways and its mother or father IAG.
Delta not too long ago three new UK routes, together with Edinburgh-Atlanta and Heathrow-Los Angeles.
Shai Weiss, chief government of Virgin Atlantic, mentioned: “The pandemic has taught us the strength of partnerships is profound.”
He went on: “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.”