Virgin Blue and Delta officially launch codesharing flights

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Australian domestic operator Virgin Blue Airlines will begin codesharing with Delta Air Lines in January ahead of an anticipated joint venture between V Australia and Delta Air Lines.

V Australia is a long-haul carrier established by Virgin Blue, and on 10 December it won approval from Australian authorities to launch a joint venture with Delta Air Lines on transpacific flights to Australia. Approval of the joint venture by US authorities is still pending.

In the mean time, Delta and Virign Blue are codesharing in their respective domestic networks, feeding passengers traveling on Delta and V Australia's long-haul flights between the US and Australia. Both carriers currently operate flights from Los Angeles to Sydney.

The carriers have previously expressed plans to codeshare in their respective domestic markets, and in September won US DOT approval for those specific codeshares.

Beginning 18 January Delta will carry the Virgin Blue Airlines code on Delta-operated flights from Los Angeles to Cincinnati, New York-JFK, Orlando and Salt Lake City.

Virgin Blue Airlines will carry the Delta code effective 15 February on Virgin Blue Airlines-operated flights between Sydney and Brisbane and Melbourne.