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Published on Wednesday, February 20, 2008

THAI, Virgin Blue seal deal

BRISBANE - THAI and Virgin Blue have signed an interline agreement that sees the carriers join forces with an enhanced product for international travellers flying between and within Australia and Thailand.

The agreement means Virgin Blue will be the carrying airline from 13 key domestic destinations in Australia, via THAI’s four international gateway ports: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to both Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand.

The Virgin Blue destinations included in the interline agreement are: Adelaide, Canberra, Broome, Mackay, Rockhampton, Maroochydore, Cairns, Townsville, Hobart, Launceston, Ballina, Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast.

All these ports will connect with the two most popular destinations in Thailand, Bangkok and Phuket via the Australian capital city gateways for Thai Airways International.

This is the first interline partner for Virgin Blue where interline e-ticketing is possible and has been made possible by the joint IT efforts by both airlines.

At the initial stage, the THAI and Virgin Blue partnership will cover flights between Australia and Thailand, with the intention to extend the agreement to other Thai Airways destinations around the world

Special fares have been created for travel on THAI and Virgin Blue sectors only and to be issued on the same ticket.

The fare distribution channel will be via Amadeus, Galileo and Sabre.



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