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Virgin Australia and Delta Expand Codeshare to Mexico

(July 9, 2013) – Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines recently announced that the carriers will expand their partnership. Customers of both airlines will now be able to fly from Australia to six different cities in Mexico on one ticket as part of the alliance’s continued commitment to strengthening its offering.

The new codeshare destinations include Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara, San Jose Del Cabo, Puerto Vallarta and Cozumel. Virgin Australia recently received regulatory approval allowing it to codeshare on flights into Mexico as part of its growing alliance with Delta, which was launched in November 2011.

Velocity Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn points and status credits on these new codeshare routes. The award-winning loyalty program of Virgin Australia has several hotel partners in the region, including the Intercontinental Hotel Group and Hilton Hotels, allowing travelers to earn additional Velocity Points during their stay in Mexico.

SkyMiles members will also be able to earn and redeem miles on these new codeshare routes and partner hotels in the region. Delta offers many ways to redeem frequent flyer miles, including airline tickets on Delta and partner airlines, mileage upgrades, car rentals, hotel stays and Delta Sky Club memberships, and is the only major airline with miles that
don’t expire.

Virgin Australia and Delta fly from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Los Angeles, allowing customers to connect to Delta’s extensive North and Central American network.

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Delta Acquires 49 Percent Stake in Virgin Atlantic and Marks the Date with New Codeshare and Frequent Flyer Partnership

Delta and Virgin Atlantic acquire merger clearance from the EU Commission and U.S Department of Justice and add 66 destinations for customers

(June 24, 2013) – Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. today detailed a codeshare agreement across 108 routes that offers customers seamless connections to 66 destinations across North America and the U.K.

Today’s codeshare announcement coincides with Delta acquiring a 49 percent stake in Sir Richard Branson’s airline – marking the next step towards a full joint venture between the two carriers. Virgin Atlantic will place its code on 91 Delta routes, including both trans-Atlantic and domestic U.S. routes. Delta will place its code on 17 Virgin Atlantic routes, including the recently launched Little Red domestic U.K. services connecting London to Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

The agreement includes the following customer benefits:

  • Virgin Atlantic customers will now enjoy a vast network of connecting North American destinations while Delta customers will gain an additional six daily frequencies between London to New York
  • SkyMiles and Flying Club loyalty programs that will offer up to 125% tier bonus miles to frequent fliers on all Delta and Virgin Atlantic flights – not just those within the codeshare agreement
  • Reciprocal Delta Sky Club and Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse access at applicable airports for Upper Class and BusinessElite passengers and Flying Club Gold members and SkyMiles Platinum and Diamond members
  • Priority check-in, boarding, baggage handling and additional baggage allowance on all Virgin Atlantic and Delta operated flights worldwide – not just those within the codeshare agreement – for Virgin Atlantic Upper Class and Flying Club Gold members as well as Delta BusinessElite and SkyMiles Gold, Platinum and Diamond members

“This is a strategic investment that enhances Delta’s network with greatly improved access to London Heathrow, the leading marketplace on the trans-Atlantic,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s president. “As we unite two leading global airline brands in an innovative partnership that focuses on delivering enhanced benefits and services for our customers, we also become a more formidable competitor across the Atlantic.”

Craig Kreeger, Virgin Atlantic CEO said; “Today is an important day for Virgin Atlantic and our customers in both the U.S. and U.K. As new shareholders in the airline, Delta is an important ally in the all-important trans-Atlantic market. We can stand firm together against the competition and can now offer more destinations, a smoother connecting airport experience and ultimately the best trans-Atlantic on board experience. Virgin Atlantic’s award-winning customer experience is loved around the world and we look forward to sharing our unique Clubhouse and in-flight hospitality with many Delta passengers over the years.”

The two airlines announced their intention to enter into a joint venture agreement in December 2012. Last week unconditional merger clearance was granted by the European Commission and the U.S Department of Justice closed their review of the transaction. As of today, Delta has successfully completed its acquisition of a 49 per cent stake in Virgin Atlantic. The U.S Department of Transportation is currently reviewing the parties’ application for antitrust immunity relating to the proposed joint venture of the parties’ operations on nonstop routes between the US and the UK. This review is expected to be completed during third quarter of 2013, and the implementation of the Delta/Virgin Atlantic joint venture is anticipated to occur in the first quarter of 2014. Once implemented, this will deliver further significant additional consumer benefits and vibrant competition to the trans-Atlantic market.

Customers will be able to reap the rewards of the reciprocal codesharing beginning July 3, 2013, when travel across the routes begin. Flights can be booked from June 29, 2013. In the future, corporate and travel agency customers of both airlines will also benefit from an aligned sales effort on both sides of the Atlantic. Full details of the codeshare announcement can be found at www.virgin-atlantic.com and www.delta.com.

As part of a $3 billion investment in enhanced global products, services and airport facilities, all of Delta’s flights between the U.S. and London-Heathrow feature fully flat-bed seats offering direct aisle access in the BusinessElite cabin. These flights also offer Delta’s popular Economy Comfort seating in the forward section of the economy cabin. Economy Comfort offers four additional inches of legroom and 50 per cent more recline compared to standard economy seats. All cabins offer in-seat audio and video on demand with a broad range of in-flight entertainment options. Delta also will begin introducing in-flight WiFi service on international flights beginning in 2014.

Virgin Atlantic completed a £150m upgrade program, including a new Upper Class cabin across its Airbus A330 aircraft in 2012 – with features including the longest fully flat bed in the sky and a redesigned on board bar. Brand new Clubhouses opened at both JFK and Newark airports in the past year and have received awards for innovation and design. The airline launched its domestic service; Virgin Atlantic Little Red in March 2013 and is now flying 26 daily frequencies to Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen from Heathrow. Virgin Atlantic achieved record levels of on time performance in 2012 and is the number one airline in punctuality performance at Heathrow on the majority of its routes and out-performing its key competitor in 11 out of 12 months.

For more information and to read the full news release, please click here.

Travel Tidbits – Cruise lines update old ships with new tricks

Delta: All Shuttle flights now have in-flight Wi-Fi
Delta Air Lines says installed in-flight Wi-Fi on all of its Delta Shuttle aircraft… USA Today

 

 

 

 

Celebrity Announces a Second Ship for the U.K. in 2013
Such has been the success of Celebrity Cruises’ summer season out of Southampton on Celebrity Eclipse that the line has said it will base a second ship in the U.K. in 2013… CruiseCritic.com

 

 

 

Las Vegas: Circus Circus is more animated than ever
Now it’s time to shine a little bit of light on the other end of the Las Vegas Strip… LA Times

 

 

 

Fire away at new Las Vegas gun range
Part gun range, part ultra-lounge, Machine Gun Vegas invites visitors to grab the automatic weapon of their choice and get in touch with their inner gangster or SEAL Team Six commando… MSN.com

 

 

 

Cruise lines update old ships with new tricks
Even nearly new cruise ships have to play catch-up with ever-changing technology and multiple choices available on the newest generation of ships. Here’s the lowdown on what’s coming to many classic ships… Globe and Mail

 

 

 

8 exciting new cruise ports to explore
Wallace Immen reports on this year’s top new cruise destinations… Globe and Mail

 

 

 

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TSA ‘pre-screening’ trial program likely to expand

Over the summer John Pistole TSA chief launched a trial ‘pre-screening’ pilot program called PreCheck with Delta and American Airlines for frequent flyers.

The program allows the frequent flyers to present personal information in advance to pass through security a little more smoothly. The TSA started testing the program on Oct. 4th.

According to American Airlines the benefits of the program include:

• Expedited screening at designated security checkpoints
• No longer removing shoes, belts or jacket
• No longer removing laptops for separate screening
• No longer removing liquids in 3-1-1- compliant bags from carry-on baggage

Currently this TSA PreCheck pilot program for AA is available only at DFW (checkpoint C30) and Miami International Airport (checkpoint D2).

In order to participate in this program you must enroll at CBP Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) account.

On November 2nd, TSA chief John Pistole met with lawmakers to share the success of the program. You can check that out at the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs website.

Also, changes to how TSA screens young children under the age of 12 have been set in place. The agency will no longer pat down children as long as nothing suspicious comes up in metal detector or body scanner detectors screenings.

At this time the TSA PreCheck is only available on domestic flights out of four airports at Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Miami airports. At the Seante Committee on Wednesday Pistole was to share how successful it was going and that they will likely expand the pilot program.

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