MIAMI — Qantas and Air France have renewed its codesharing agreement on May 23, offering further connectivity between Europe and Australia via Asia.
Flights are available to book from June 5 for travel starting July 20, 2018.
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Air France will add its flight codes to Qantas Flights between Hong Kong, and Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane as well as between Singapore (SIN) and Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth.
The French carrier’s customers will also be able to access codesharing services from Sydney to five cities across Australia’s domestic network: Canberra, Hobart, Adelaide, Cairns, and Darwin.
In return, Qantas will add its code to flights operated by Air France between Singapore, Hong Kong, and Paris-CDG, as a continuation of connections between Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Perth.
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The new agreement will let the two carriers come together and codeshare onto as many as 200 flights per week.
Air France’s eligible customers can also use the Qantas lounged in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia.
Likewise, Qantas’ eligible customers are now able to use Air France lounges in Paris, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
“We are very pleased to be re-establishing a partnership with Qantas,” said Patrick Alexandre, EVP Commercial Sales, and Alliances at Air France-KLM.
“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,” he added.
“This new cooperation confirms our group’s desire to expand in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Alexandre.
Alison Webster, CEO of Qantas, added that “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.”
Despite the fact that Qantas and Air France are members of different alliances, the opportunity to earn miles on these codeshare flights is now possible.
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“The return of this popular codeshare 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,” said Webster.
With the carrier recently expanding its presence out of London with direct flights to Perth on its brand-new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, Europe is finally at direct reach for the Australian carrier.
Through this codeshare with Air France, Australian customers will now have a more seamless experience.