Learn more about the Virgin Australia joint venture. Every joint venture, code share, and ownership stake is unique. Learn more about what makes this relationship different from others. This page reviews the fundamentals surrounding the Virgin Australia JV, including route structure and other important facts. In addition, this page discusses the timeline involved in this agreement, highlighting various milestones.


  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) gives initial approval of Delta & Virgin Blue (Virgin Australia) JV for flights between Australia and the US
  • ACCC proposes to grant authorization to the JV for 3 years
  • US DOT grants anti-trust immunity (ATI) which allows Delta and Virgin Australia to launch their JV
  • Delta/Virgin Australia JV officially launches
    • Delta does not have an ownership stake in Virgin Australia
    • Currently, all flights are to/from LAX
  • Production balance with Delta and ALPA for this JV is established
  • ACCC approves extension of Delta/Virgin Australia JV for 5 years after both airlines applied for a 10 year extension

JV Fundamentals

In 2017, Virgin Australia added service from Melbourne to LAX, increasing their average weekly scheduled codeshare frequencies to approximately 17. Delta’s currently scheduled weekly frequencies average less than seven.