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Easier connections between Asia and Australia

Cathay Pacific and Qantas have signed a new codeshare agreement “to bring Australia and Asia closer”.

Passengers flying Cathay Pacific will now be able to benefit from a new codeshare agreement the Hong Kong-based airline has signed with Qantas that expands on their existing partnership.

The airlines say the deal “leverages the strengths of each carrier’s regional networks and provides more options for customers travelling between Australia and Asia”.

It will see Qantas add its code to Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon services within Asia from Hong Kong to ten cities across India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, as well as on Cathay Pacific’s long-haul services from Hong Kong to Perth and Cairns.

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

The customers of both airlines will also have increased opportunities to earn frequent flyer points through their respective loyalty programmes.

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 get access to each other’s lounges in Australia and Hong Kong as well as other oneworld associated lounges.

Tickets for the codeshare services will be available for sale from October 22, for travel from October 28.

Key destination
Paul Loo, Cathay Pacific’s chief customer and commercial officer, welcomed the agreement saying that a closer relationship between the two airlines is “a win-win for passengers”.

“As one of the founding members of the oneworld alliance, we are delighted to work with our oneworld partner Qantas to offer our customers 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 added: “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.”

Qantas International CEO Alison Webster says the deal is 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,” she 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.”

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