Wednesday, 23 May 2018

New codeshare deal between Qantas and Air France

Qantas and Air France customers will now have more options to travel between Europe and Australia via Asia following a re-ignited code share agreement between the two airlines. 


Available for booking from June 5 for flights starting from July 20, Air France will add its code to Qantas flights between Hong Kong and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and between Singapore and Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Air France customers will also be able to access code share services from Sydney to five cities on the Australian airline's domestic network including Canberra, Hobart, Adelaide, Cairns and Darwin.

Under the reciprocal deal, Qantas will add its code to flights operated by Air France between Singapore and Hong Kong and Paris-Charles de Gaulle, as a continuation of flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

The new agreement will see the two airlines code share on a total of more than 200 flights per week.


In real terms, Qantas fliers might find themselves on an Air France flight - and vice versa, so it will be to check bookings carefully if you have a strong preference for one over the other. 

The airlines' spin is that customers will benefit from more seamless travel experiences with single-ticket itineraries and through-checked baggage as well as the opportunity to earn points on the new code share services.

Air France eligible customers will also be able to access Qantas lounges in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, as well as Qantas eligible customers to Air France lounges in Paris, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Patrick Alexandre, EVP commercial sales and alliances at Air France-KLM, said: "We are very pleased to be re-establishing a partnership with Qantas. Thanks to this agreement, the Air France-KLM group will be able to offer one of the best possible travel solutions for its customers from Europe to Australia. 


"It will also deliver a better travel experience for our business customers, with connections in Singapore and Hong Kong, two of the most popular airports in the world. This new co-operation confirms our group's desire to expand in the Asia-Pacific region."

Alison Webster, CEO of Qantas International, added: "This is great news for our customers who want to travel to Europe via Asia, giving them another option to get to Paris and more opportunities to earn Frequent Flyer Points. The return of this popular code share delivers on our strategy of partnering to provide customers with access to an expanded network and more seamless travel experiences wherever they want to fly."  

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