When you book online, the operating airline is clearly identified, so if you want to choose one or the other you can. As you’d expect, there are a few differences in the way each airline operates. Here are the topics people often ask about.
With the Virgin alliance it’s easy. For flights between New Zealand and Australia, the baggage allowance of the airline you book through applies, even if a flight is operated by the other airline.
You can earn and spend your Airpoints Dollars™ with either airline. Eligible guests can relax in Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia lounges. Status Points are only earned on flights booked under an Air New Zealand flight number, including the NZ7000 series operated by Virgin Australia. For details see Airpoints travel benefits – Virgin Australia.
Seat select is not available for NZ customers on a Virgin Australia operated service. Air New Zealand Airpoints Gold and Elite and Koru members travelling on VA operated services will be allocated priority seating at check in. Just provide your Airpoints number when booking and present your card at check-in.
On flights between Australia and New Zealand inflight entertainment is provided:
- On Air New Zealand operated flights through seatback screens
- On Virgin Australia operated flights through a free WiFi app, which you can download to your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android phone or tablet before flying.
For details see Australia fares.
On Virgin Australia operated flights, each infant must be accompanied by an adult. On Air New Zealand operated flights two infants are allowed per accompanying adult, provided one infant is ticketed as a child and able to be seated in an approved infant car seat, which the accompanying adult must provide. For more see Travelling with children.
Where a fare includes a meal, with Air New Zealand operated flights you can request a kid’s meal when you book.