In a thawing of relationship between Qantas and Cathay Pacific, have decided to offer codeshares on each others airlines.
Qantas will add is code onto Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon on 12 routes from Hong Kong, connecting Asia and India, whilst Cathay Pacific will add their code on 13 Australian domestic routes
It seems these two “friends” are deciding to work a little better together – beyond the bounds on the oneworld alliance.
On the launch Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Paul Loo stated:
“As one of the founding members of the oneworld alliance, we are delighted to work with our oneworld partner, Qantas, to offer our customers with more travel options within Australia. This new cooperation enables us to strengthen our connectivity across our Southwest Pacific network as well as grow the oneworld alliance,” he said.
“Australia has been a key destination for Cathay Pacific ever since we launched our first commercial operations to the country nearly half a century ago, and we look forward to welcoming guests from Qantas onto our flights soon.”
Qantas International CEO Alison Webster states:
“Building on the relationship we have with Cathay Pacific through oneworld, we’ll offer customers travelling from Australia more connections across Asia via Hong Kong, with the added benefit of a codeshare service,” said Alison.
“This new codeshare partnership also forms part of our growth strategy for the broader Asia region, with strong demand for travel between Australia and Asia. It’s good news for Qantas customers who will have more travel options, greater opportunities to earn frequent flyer points, and a premium experience onboard both home carriers.”
Tickets on the codeshare go on sale from 22 October 2018, for travel from 28 October 2018.
Routes covered include:
Qantas codeshare on Cathay Pacific / Cathay Dragon routes
Between Hong Kong and Asia
- Hong Kong – Bangalore, India
- Hong Kong – Mumbai, India
- Hong Kong – Calcutta, India
- Hong Kong – Delhi, India
- Hong Kong – Chennai, India
- Hong Kong – Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Hong Kong – Danang, Vietnam
- Hong Kong – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Hong Kong – Hanoi, Vietnam
- Hong Kong – Yangon, Myanmar
Between Hong Kong and Australia
- Hong Kong – Cairns
- Hong Kong – Perth
Cathay Pacific codeshare on Qantas domestic routes
- Alice Springs-Sydney
- Brisbane – Townsville
Those collecting on points Cathay Pacific Marco Polo will earn more club points when flying a on Qantas on a Cathay coded flight. Similarly, Qantas Flying Club members will earn more Qantas Points and status credits when flying Cathay Pacific with a Qantas code on the flights
Whilst the two airlines are partners in the oneworld alliance to say they’ve never been exactly “friends” would be an understatement. It seems that to offer more connectivity to their customers, and to drive customers to their airlines – they’ve gone down the path of codeshares.
What’s that old term…. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”.
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