SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Virgin America, the California–based airline, announces a new interline agreement with China Airlines, offering seamless travel on the networks of both carriers across their respective North American and Asian routes. China Airlines is the eleventh interline partner for the rapidly expanding U.S. domestic airline. Virgin America has grown to 17 destinations, a fleet of 51 new aircraft and 2,600 teammates since its launch in August 2007. In addition to the new China Airlines agreement, Virgin America has interline agreements with Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic, Air New Zealand, Emirates, Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, South African Airways, El Al and Qantas.
“We’re pleased to sign an interline agreement with China Airlines that will allow us to provide guests of both of our airlines with more connection options between Taiwan and U.S. cities,” said Adam Green, Virgin America’s Director of Network Planning. “Strategic partnerships like this one with China Airlines are critical to driving connections over our SFO and LAX bases.”
Effective last month, the agreement allows connecting guests to purchase interline tickets for travel between the U.S., Taiwan and beyond. Under the agreement, China Airlines provides service from Taipei, Taiwan to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The interline partnership offers a new choice for guests of both airlines to travel between Taipei and Virgin America destinations including Boston (BOS), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Philadelphia (PHL), New York (JFK) and Washington DC (IAD). Both airlines will transfer baggage between connecting flights to guests’ final destinations.
“We are thrilled to partner with Virgin America,” said China Airlines’ Vice President, Michael Lo. “This agreement combines the strengths of two world–class airlines to provide better connectivity for guests flying between the U.S., Taiwan and beyond.”
China Airlines, with headquarters in and major flight operations from Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei, flies to destinations in Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. China Airlines has a strong presence in Southeast Asia, East Asia, Northeast Asia and Greater China.
Interline electronic tickets for Virgin America and China Airlines connecting flights can now be booked through all the major Global Distribution Systems (GDS). Travel agents should refer to China Airlines’ GDS reference pages for further booking instructions.
Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas–Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs (seasonally), Philadelphia – and as of June 5th, Portland.