The carrier will become SkyTeam’s first and only UK member airline
Global airline alliance SkyTeam and Virgin Atlantic announced that the UK-based airline will join the alliance in early 2023.
The move will enhance the alliance’s transatlantic network and services to and from Heathrow and Manchester Airport in the UK.
Once Virgin Atlantic joins the alliance, customers will have access to a network of more than 750 airport lounges, spanning six continents, as well as more opportunities to earn and redeem points across member airlines.
The airline’s Flying Club members will enjoy significant benefits. Virgin Atlantic Silver Card holders will be recognised as SkyTeam Elite Members, while the airline’s Gold Card members will become Elite Plus. This recognition includes priority check-in, baggage handling and boarding.
Virgin Atlantic’s entry into the alliance builds upon the success of its transatlantic joint venture partnership with Delta Air Lines and Air France-KLM.
Commenting on the announcement, SkyTeam chairman Walter Cho said: “Virgin Atlantic is synonymous with innovation and excellent service, an iconic British airline with a global outlook that puts customers at the heart of its operations – like SkyTeam and its members – and we're delighted to welcome them into our alliance.”
Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss added: “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.”
Interline agreements with all SkyTeam members are already in place, providing one touch point for all customers, creating a seamless journey on one ticket.