Oneworld partners Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways have announced the launch of a new codeshare agreement covering services from Hong Kong to Europe, Africa and the Gulf, and from Doha to Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Japan.
The deal enables passengers to "book on either airline to an expanded network of destinations, while benefitting from accruing frequent flyer points or miles".
And top-tier members of Cathay's The Marco Polo Club and Qatar's The Privilege Club can now enjoy reciprocal benefits when travelling on flights between Hong Kong and Qatar, including lounge access, extra baggage allowances, priority boarding and many other services.
The move follows a strategic agreement on flights between Hong Kong and Doha that began on March 30 (see news, February 25).
Effective from this month, Cathay Pacific flights between Hong Kong and Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Cairns, Adelaide, Auckland, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Seoul will carry the "QR" code, while Qatar Airways flights between Doha and Jeddah, Nairobi, Athens, Geneva, Madrid, Barcelona and Venice will carry Cathay Pacific's "CX" code.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: "Alliances and codeshares alike are playing an increasingly important role in the airline industry today – and that will continue long into the future.
"Becoming a member of Oneworld last October was one of the most significant landmarks in Qatar Airways' history. It has strengthened our competitive offering and the advent of these new codeshare routes with our partner Cathay Pacific will expand travel options for Qatar Airways passengers across routes in Australasia and north Asia."
Cathay Pacific CEO Ivan Chu added: "Cathay Pacific has been serving the Middle East for more than 30 years and we are committed to developing our presence in this ever-growing market.
"Doha is our fourth destination in the region and the launch of the new service will enable travellers here to enjoy the great connectivity Cathay Pacific offers via the Hong Kong hub to our extensive network in Asia, Australia and China.
"At the same time, the launch of the codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways will provide even more travel options for our customers."