Airlines Air France and Qantas announce codeshare agreement

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Air France and Qantas have announced they have renewed their codeshare agreement.

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Air France and Qantas will restart their codeshare agreement on flights from Paris to Australia via Hong Kong and Singapore. The first of more than 200 weekly flights will start on July 20, 2018.

Air France will add its code to Qantas flights between Hong Kong and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and between Singapore and Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Patrick Alexandre, EVP Commercial Sales and Alliances at Air France-KLM, said: “We are very pleased to be re-establishing a partnership with Qantas. 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.  It will also deliver a better travel experience for our Business customers, with connections in Singapore and Hong Kong, two of the most popular airports in the world. This new cooperation confirms our group's desire to expand in the Asia-Pacific region.”

The two carriers have ended its former codeshare agreement in 2013 as a result of a joint venture between Qantas and Emirates on all European routes with a focus on Dubai as a central hub for all Qantas flights to Europe. The alliance between Emirates and Qantas was recently renewed for additional five years. However, Qantas has restarted flights from Sydney to London Heathrow via Singapore in March with an Airbus A380. At the same time the carrier stopped own flights from Sydney to Dubai and offers only codeshare flights, operated by Emirates.

Additionally, Qantas recently started its so called “Kangaroo Route” from Perth to London Heathrow. The 17 hours’ non-stop flight is operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Media expects, the carrier could launch a new connection between Perth and Paris soon.

Source © airfrance.com

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