Qantas today announced that it had expanded
its codeshare agreement with China Eastern to include services via Singapore. This
new agreement will take effect from 1 July 2010 and will give customers of both
airlines greater options when flying between Australia and China.
The full media release from Qantas can be read
QANTAS EXPANDS CODESHARE WITH CHINA EASTERN
SYDNEY, 21 June 2010: Qantas has expanded its codeshare
relationship with China Eastern to include services between Australia and China
The expanded arrangements allow Qantas to codeshare on China Eastern
services between Singapore and Shanghai from 1 July, building on its existing
codeshares on China Eastern domestic flights. China Eastern will commence
codesharing on Qantas services between Singapore and Sydney, Melbourne,
Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide (supplementing its existing codeshares on Qantas domestic
and trans-Tasman services).
Group Executive Qantas
Airlines Commercial, Mr Rob Gurney, said the arrangements meant
Qantas could now offer its customers a greater number of services and
connectivity options for travel between Australia and China.
“We are very pleased to be
adding services between Singapore and Shanghai to our network as part
our successful partnership
with China Eastern,” Mr Gurney said.
“From 1 July, we will
codeshare on three China Eastern services each day between Singapore and Shanghai.
This will enable daily connecting services to Shanghai from Sydney, Melbourne,
Brisbane and Perth via Singapore, as well as three services a week from
Adelaide to Shanghai via Singapore.
“China is an important market
for Qantas and for Australia in general, and Qantas is playing its part in developing
the already strong business and tourism ties between the two countries.
“These new services complement
our daily direct flights between Sydney and Shanghai and our existing codeshare
with China Eastern on its domestic network.
“On 22 April, we added seven
new destinations to this codeshare, so that Qantas customers can now fly on China Eastern between
Shanghai and a total of 10 Chinese cities.
“And on 6 May, a reciprocal
frequent flyer agreement commenced between Qantas and China Eastern, increasing
the benefits available to customers of both airlines. “This continued
strengthening of the relationship between the two carriers is good news for
Australia-China trade, investment and tourism. It is also timely, with the
Shanghai World Expo underway and showcasing the best of Australia in China.
“Qantas is a Gold Sponsor of
the Australian Pavilion at the Expo, reflecting our commitment to and confidence
in the Chinese market.”
The new codeshare
services are available for sale now, for travel from 1 July.