Description of Conduct

On 6 August 2015, Virgin Australia and Etihad lodged an application for re-authorisation of their existing international alliance in relation to air transport services between Australia and the Middle East, for a further ten years. Specifically, the applicants seek re-authorisation to:
1) continue to give effect to the Commercial Cooperation Agreement and associated codeshare agreements and reciprocal lounge and frequent flyer agreements (the Alliance Agreements) as amended and restated; and
2) make and give effect to related agreements contemplated in the Alliance Agreements, including to renew the Alliance Agreements upon the expiration of their current term.

On 4 December 2015, the ACCC issued a determination re-authorising the proposed conduct for a further five years.


  • Etihad Airways PJSC
  • Virgin Australia Airlines (SE Asia) Pty Ltd
  • Virgin Australia Airlines Pty Ltd
  • Virgin Australia International Airlines Pty Ltd
  • Virgin Australia Regional Airlines Pty Ltd

Authorisation number(s)

  • A91510
  • A91511