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Emirates, Jetstar launch codeshare to NZ, S’pore, SE Asia

February 17, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Emirates and Jetstar are two carriers perhaps not generally grouped together in the public mind in terms of service and amenities – but nevertheless they have launched a new codeshare and frequent flyer agreement.

They will share codes to New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia and beyond from 6 April 2014. Diverse destinations will include Bali, Byron Bay, Dunedin, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

The two airlines no doubt hope that they won’t seem such strange bedfellows once the travelling public gets used to the idea.

The move has been officially announced, subject to regulatory approval, and Qantas has applied to the International Air Services Commission (IASC) to facilitate changes “whereby Emirates intends to code share on selected flights operated by Jetstar from 6 April 2014”.

Qantas has provided the IASC with a copy of its confidential code share agreement with Emirates.

Public information notes that the Australian airline seeks to permit Emirates to code share on Jetstar-operated services on the following routes:

• New Zealand – allocating unlimited capacity and frequency;

• Singapore – allocating unlimited capacity and frequency;

• Indonesia – allocating 14,468 seats per week between Australia and Indonesia and 2148 seats per week with 12 frequencies beyond Indonesia.

An Emirates statement said an Emirates’ code would now be placed on “a number of routes operated by Jetstar Airways in Australia and New Zealand and Jetstar Asia”, giving passengers access to 27 new routes and six new destinations such as Bali in Indonesia, Byron Bay in Australia, Dunedin in New Zealand and Siem Reap in Cambodia.

Members of Emirates Skywards, the airline’s frequent flyer program, will be able to earn miles for flights on Jetstar-operated routes which have the Emirates code, they will also be able to use their miles to purchase reward flights on any Jetstar operated route (excluding Jetstar Pacific flights), starting from 7025 Skywards miles.

“This new link between Emirates and Jetstar offers our passengers a number of benefits including new routes to destinations that are not part of the Emirates network today,” said Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president, planning, aeropolitical and  industry affairs.

“The link between Emirates and Jetstar is also fantastic news for our Emirates Skywards members, giving them more options to use their miles to explore new countries and cultures,” Kazim added.

Jetstar group chief commercial officer Lisa Brock was quoted as saying: “This agreement will see us bring our extensive Asia Pacific network consisting of some of the most popular leisure destinations, to the doorstep of Emirates passengers across the globe.

“Working with Emirates we have created a product and a network offering that will provide Emirates passengers with new holiday options throughout South East Asia including Bali, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh and new destinations across Australia and New Zealand.”

“Emirates customers travelling on Jetstar will enjoy a range of full service fare features such as food and beverage options and the same luggage allowance they would have on Emirates.”

From 6 April 2014, all Emirates’ passengers on Jetstar flights will receive boarding passes on check-in at their first international departure point for connecting international services.

The codeshare includes seven domestic routes in Australia to add to the 50 that Emirates already codeshares with cornerstone investor in the Jetstar Group, Qantas; four new routes in New Zealand, six new routes between Australian and New Zealand over the Tasman Sea and ten international routes out of Singapore to Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong.

Emirates/Jetstar codeshare itineraries will be on sale from 13 February 2014 for travel from 6 April 2014. Emirates frequent flyers will be able to redeem flights with points from the 1 March 2014.

Written by Peter Needham

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