Hong Kong Airlines and Turkish Airlines plan to commence codesharing on key routes in Europe and Asia-Pacific, in a move that gives both carriers connectivity from Auckland all the way to London.

The Hong Kong carrier is now placing its “HX” code on Turkish Airlines’ non-stop flights between Hong Kong and Istanbul, as well as its services between Istanbul and Paris, London and Barcelona. Turkish Airlines, meanwhile, will place its “TK” code on flights between Hong Kong and Auckland, Bangkok and Osaka.

Tickets are not yet available to book on these codeshare services, with a sale date to be announced “at a later date”. The partnership is still subject to government approval.

“Istanbul is one of the world’s most ancient metropolises,” said Wang Liya, Hong Kong Airlines vice chairman and president.

“Visitor numbers to the city have been growing steadily, thanks to its unique blend of modern and cultural vibes. As one of the important gateways to Europe in the region, Hong Kong Airlines customers will benefit and enjoy greater convenience when connecting to popular European cities from Istanbul.”

Turkish Airlines flies six times a week between Istanbul and Hong Kong using its Boeing 777-300ER. This aircraft features 49 fully flat business class seats, laid out in a 2-2-2 configuration, as well as 300 seats in economy.

Business Traveller reviewed this flight earlier this year.

Flight review: Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300ER business class