Virgin Australia announced (06-Jul-2017) a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement between Velocity Frequent Flyer, and Hainan Group‘s (HNA) Fortune Wings Club. The agreement allows members to earn and redeem points and be recognised across the airlines’ flight networks. As part of the first phase of this agreement Velocity members will be able to earn Velocity Points and Status Credits on selected services operated by four Fortune Wings Club participating airlines including, Hong Kong Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Capital Airlines and Tianjin Airlines. The announcement follows Virgin Australia’s inaugural Melbourne-Hong Kong service which launched on 05-Jul-2017. Velocity Frequent Flyer CEO Karl Schuster stated: “The announcement is an exciting expansion of our current Velocity Frequent Flyer network and we’re delighted to provide more than eight million Velocity members with even more reasons to travel with us and our partner airlines”. Hainan Airlines president Jianfeng Sun stated: “Virgin Australia is an important strategic partner of HNA group. Fortune Wings Club and Velocity have begun a cooperative effort in their frequent flyer programmes, which will not only expand points earning but the upcoming redemption channels and reciprocal elite members’ benefits will also create a perfect flight experience for members”.