After it’s recent break-up with Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand has announced Qantas will be their new Aussie codeshare partners.
Under the codeshare, Qantas intends to add its code on up to 30 routes on Air New Zealand’s domestic network and Air New Zealand intends to add its code on up to 85 routes on Qantas’ domestic network.
“Our relationship with Air New Zealand goes back almost 80 years. We’ve been partners at various stages over that time and we have a lot of respect for them as a competitor,” Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said, adding the goal of the new agreement was to make travel easier.
“A codeshare deal on our domestic networks makes sense for customers because it leverages the strengths we each have in our home markets.”
Coordination of check-in and handling at airports will mean shorter connection times, opening up more onward flights for customers on each carrier’s domestic networks and faster journey times overall.
“While the two airlines will continue to compete very strongly across all markets, Air New Zealand and Qantas are known for having a commitment to innovation, customer service excellence, operational performance and safety,” Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon said.
“We are confident that our respective customers will enjoy the reciprocal benefits on both sides of the Tasman.”
However, the codeshare and customer offering will exclude Trans-Tasman flights and Qantas will continue to codeshare on all connecting Jetstar New Zealand services.
Tickets for the codeshare services will be available by the end of July 2018, for travel from 28 October 2018.
Here’s what the new codeshare will look like:
Qantas will add it’s code on 30 Air New Zealand domestic services:
And here are the Aussie routes Air New Zealand will be adding its code to: