29 July 2006 - Customers who travel on Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways can now enjoy the benefits and convenience of requiring just one electronic ticket (e-ticket) for the entire journey. As travel information is stored electronically in the e-tickets, customers need not worry about misplacing their paper tickets.
“Singapore Airlines is pleased to announce the launch of interline e-ticketing with Virgin Atlantic Airways. With interline e-ticketing, travel processes are streamlined and check-in procedures are made swifter,” said Mr Huang Cheng Eng, Singapore Airlines’ Executive Vice President Marketing and the Regions. “For our customers, it means a paperless transaction, from booking right through to check-in.”
This interline e-ticketing programme is the latest in a series of commercial arrangements between the two airlines. The arrangements include codesharing agreement, which allows for seamless travel on business and economy classes between Singapore and selected cities in the US, and between Singapore and London for business class, a reciprocal frequent flyer relationship, a joint lounge agreement and round-the-world fares.
Singapore Airlines has also established interline e-ticketing arrangements with 14 of its Star Alliance partners: United Airlines, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Spanair, Thai Airways, TAP Portugal and Varig.
In addition, Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer members and frequent flyer members of the partner carriers will be able to redeem their frequent flier miles towards e-ticketed interline travel on the participating Star Alliance partners, SilkAir, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Delta Airlines, Continental Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines.
Singapore Airlines first offered e-tickets to passengers in 1997. The Airline is on track to issue only e-tickets by mid-2007, six months ahead of the IATA guideline of end-2007.
The e-ticket arrangements are available at all Singapore Airlines sales offices, authorised travel agents, and for online bookings at singaporeair.com.
Source: Singapore Airlines
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