Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Virgin-Australia and Singapore Airlines begin codeshare In a move to expand its network, Virgin Australia begins international codeshare flights with Singapore Airlines starting with flights to Singapore, China and South Africa.Virgin Australia customers can now book and travel on codeshare flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, and Adelaide to Singapore, and onwards to Shanghai and Beijing. Virgin Australia passengers can now also travel to London via Singapore from Perth.South African destinations Cape Town and Johannesburg are also available to book, for travel from 13 April 2012. In the coming months the airline will commence codeshare to other destinations on the Singapore Airlines international network including India, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand and Indonesia. Virgin Australia group executive of alliances, network and yield Merren McArthur said the codesharing alliance will enable the airline to offer new destinations across Asia, India and South Africa.“As a result of our new alliance, Virgin Australia guests will be able to travel from all over Australia to destinations throughout Asia and beyond on a single ticket,” Ms McArthur said.“The alliance also enables eligible Members of Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem frequent flyer Points and Status Credits on Singapore Airlines operated flights and provides access for eligible guests to Singapore Airlines lounges across the globe. “We look forward to expanding our range of joint destinations over the next few months and continuing to work with Singapore Airlines on new initiatives to benefit our guests.”In other Virgin news the airline has from today announced the distribution of specie dividend as per its proposed new structure.Click here for more information.