Joining SkyTeam will give Virgin Atlantic’s loyalty program members additional opportunities to earn points and access to a network of more than 750 airport lounges across six continents. Virgin will be SkyTeam’s only U.K. member airline.
Virgin Atlantic Silver Card holders will be recognized as SkyTeam Elite Members, while Gold Card members will be recognized as Elite Plus.
The carrier already has a transatlantic joint venture with SkyTeam members Delta Air Lines and Air France-KLM, and codeshare agreements are in place with Aeromexico and Middle East Airlines. Virgin Atlantic added that interline agreements with all SkyTeam members already are in place.
Additional SkyTeam members are Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Europa, China Airlines, China Eastern, Czech Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, ITA Airways, Kenya Airways, Korean Air, Saudia, Tarom, Vietnam Airlines and XiamenAir.