Qantas and AA expand codeshare

14 Mar 2011 by BusinessTraveller

Qantas and Oneworld partner American Airlines have extended their codeshare agreement to include more destinations within North America and Australia.

The agreement will add 28 new North American destinations to Qantas’ network from AA’s Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) hub. In return, AA will place their codes on Qantas’ domestic flights from Brisbane to Adelaide, Canberra, Cairns, Melbourne and Perth.

Furthermore, on May 16, Qantas will launch a four times a week direct service between Sydney and DFW, which will also be codeshared with AA. The new route will enable onward connections to the 28 destinations from DFW as well as provide American visitors with easy access to Australia.

As part of the agreement, members of both airlines’ loyalty programmes – American Airlines AAdvantage and Qantas Frequent Flyer – will be able to accumulate and redeem miles on the combined network.

Rob Gurney, Qantas Airlines group executive, said: “With the addition of 28 new codeshare cities, Qantas’ network out of DFW will total 54 destinations when we commence services in May, providing unprecedented choice and convenience for Australians visiting the USA. Similarly, the Australian tourism industry will have the opportunity to tap into a huge market of potential US visitors.”

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Alisha Haridasani

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