Both Qantas Airways and Air New Zealand have announced plans to ramp up their offerings to travellers flying to North America.
According to a report by the Sydney Morning Herald, Qantas has signed a codeshare agreement with WestJet that will allow the Flying Kangaroo’s customers to connect onto the Canadian carrier’s flights to destinations including Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. The arrangement also allows Qantas frequent flyers to earn points when travelling on the codeshare services.
In addition, the agreement will see Qantas offering one-stop flights from Sydney to Vancouver via Honolulu, as opposed to the existing Los Angeles. WestJet will operate the Honolulu–Vancouver leg.
Meanwhile, Air New Zealand has also unveiled growth plans for the North American market. In particular, the carrier will be boosting flight frequencies on its Auckland–Los Angeles service. The twice-daily service will soon become a thrice-daily operation.
The added service will provide passengers with same-day connections to other parts of the US as it departs Auckland at an earlier time, compared to the existing two services.
Finally, ANZ will also increase capacity between Auckland and Vancouver by 10 per cent by operating its seasonal five times per week service for a longer period during the Summer.