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Qantas ups codeshares with American, Westjet and Alaska

16 Oct 2015 by GrahamSmith
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Qantas has expanded its codeshare agreements with American Airlines, Westjet and Alaska Airlines on routes in North America. The deal comes into effect on October 25 and covers an additional 40 routes across the US, Canada and Mexico. It brings to more than 100 the number of Qantas codeshare destinations in those three countries. Qantas said it "will also offer coordinated schedules with American Airlines that allows for seamless travel within the United States and Australia". The new codeshare routes will be as follows: US
  • From Los Angeles with American Airlines, Qantas will add codeshares to Charlotte, Columbus, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Raleigh Durham.
  • From San Francisco with American Airlines, Qantas will add codeshares to Charlotte, Philadelphia and Phoenix.
  • From San Francisco with Alaska Airlines, Qantas will add codeshares to Seattle, Portland and Palm Springs.
Canada
  • From Los Angeles with American Airlines, Qantas will add codeshares to Vancouver.
  • With Westjet, Qantas will add codeshares on an additional 25 city pairs to/from/within Canada from Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.
Mexico
  • From Los Angeles with American Airlines, Qantas will add codeshares to Mexico City, Guadalajara and San Jose de Cabo.
Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said: "The new codeshare services will allow our customers to enjoy more connections across North America, Canada and Mexico from our Los Angeles and new San Francisco gateways and have their luggage checked straight through to their final destination. "With the launch of our nonstop flights to San Francisco later this year, we've identified an opportunity to position this port as another key US hub for Qantas customers by extending the codeshares we already have in place. "Our frequent flyers in particular will benefit from booking on the Qantas code, with increased opportunities to earn points and status credits." Earlier this week, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce announced the airline plans to "open up direct [nonstop] service from Australia to Europe for the first time" (see news, October 12). qantas.com Graham Smith
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