Virgin America launch interline partnership with KAL

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Virgin America and Korean Air (KAL) have agreed on a new interline partnership, allowing passengers on both airlines to travel across their respective North American, Asian and South American routes.

Korean Air marks the ninth interline partner for the expanding US domestic airline.

In addition to the agreement, Virgin America has signed interline agreements with Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, South African Airways, El Al and Qantas.

Virgin Atlantic CEO David Cush has said the carrier also would be interested in pursuing codeshare deals, but so far none has been realised.

The partnership will allow KAL passengers from Incheon International airport to connect at Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle-Tacoma, and Las Vegas McCarran International airport to several other Virgin America destinations.

KAL also flies direct from Los Angeles to Tokyo and Sao Paulo.

Adam Green, Virgin America's director of network planning says: "This agreement allows us to provide travellers with simple connections and continues the building of our strategic partnerships with foreign carriers that drive connections over our San Francisco and Los Angeles airport bases."

Both airlines will transfer baggage between connecting flights to passenger's final destinations.