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September 24, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Cathay Pacific and Qantas have signed a new codeshare deal to leverage the strengths of each carrier’s regional network and provide more options for customers travelling between Australia and Asia.

Subject to regulatory approval, the codeshare agreement will see Qantas add its code to Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon’s services within Asia from Hong Kong to 10 cities across India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, and on Cathay Pacific’s long-haul services from Hong Kong to Perth and Cairns.

In turn, Cathay Pacific will add its code to 13 routes on Qantas’ domestic network in Australia.

A Qantas statement said customers of both airlines would gain increased opportunities to earn frequent flyer points through their respective loyalty programs.

Qantas Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn more Qantas Points and status credits when travelling on the Qantas-coded flights. Similarly, Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club members will earn more Club Points when travelling on a Cathay Pacific-coded flight.

Qantas International chief executive Alison Webster said the new codeshare agreement was part of Qantas’ strategy of operating to key global hubs and providing customers with access to an expanded network with airline partners based in those ports.

“Building on the relationship we have with Cathay Pacific through oneworld, we’ll offer customers travelling from Australia more connections across Asia via Hong Kong, with the added benefit of a codeshare service,” Webster said.

“This new codeshare partnership also forms part of our growth strategy for the broader Asia region, with strong demand for travel between Australia and Asia. It’s good news for Qantas customers who will have more travel options, greater opportunities to earn frequent flyer points, and a premium experience onboard both home carriers.”

Cathay Pacific chief customer and commercial officer Paul Loo welcomed the agreement, saying a closer relationship between the two airlines was a win-win for the carriers’ customers.

“As one of the founding members of the oneworld alliance, we are delighted to work with our oneworld partner, Qantas, to offer our customers with more travel options within Australia. This new cooperation enables us to strengthen our connectivity across our Southwest Pacific network as well as grow the oneworld alliance,” he said.

“Australia has been a key destination for Cathay Pacific ever since we launched our first commercial operations to the country nearly half a century ago, and we look forward to welcoming guests from Qantas onto our flights soon.”

Cathay Pacific and Qantas together operate more than 100 services a week between Hong Kong and Australia. As oneworld alliance partners, eligible customers will continue to enjoy access to both Cathay Pacific and Qantas lounges in Australia and Hong Kong, as well as other oneworld associated lounges across both airlines broader networks.

Tickets for the codeshare services will go on sale from 22 October 2018, for travel from 28 October 2018. 

Codeshare routes 

Qantas codeshare on Cathay Pacific / Cathay Dragon routes 

Between Hong Kong and Asia

Hong Kong – Bangalore, India

Hong Kong – Mumbai, India

Hong Kong – Calcutta, India

Hong Kong – Delhi, India

Hong Kong – Chennai, India

Hong Kong – Colombo, Sri Lanka

Hong Kong – Danang, Vietnam

Hong Kong – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Hong Kong – Hanoi, Vietnam

Hong Kong – Yangon, Myanmar 

Between Hong Kong and Australia

Hong Kong – Cairns

Hong Kong – Perth 

Cathay Pacific codeshare on Qantas domestic routes

Adelaide-Melbourne

Adelaide-Sydney

Alice Springs-Sydney

Brisbane-Cairns

Brisbane-Melbourne

Brisbane-Sydney

Brisbane – Townsville

Canberra-Melbourne

Cairns-Melbourne

Cairns-Sydney

Darwin-Perth

Hobart-Melbourne

Melbourne-Sydney

Edited by Peter Needham

 

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