The move is seen by observers as a crucial pillar to the establishment of Qantas’ earmarked nonstop Boeing 787-9 services from Australia into the heart of Europe, namely from Perth to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, which have previously been hinted at by QF Group CEO, Alan Joyce.
Available for booking from 5 June for travel from 20 July 2018, and pending regulatory approvals, Air France will add its code to Qantas flights between Hong Kong and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and between Singapore and Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
Air France customers will also be able to access codeshare services from Sydney to five cities on the Australian airline’s domestic network: Canberra, Hobart, Adelaide, Cairns and Darwin.
Under the reciprocal deal, Qantas will add its code to flights operated by Air France between Singapore and Hong Kong and Paris-Charles de Gaulle, as a continuation of flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.
The new agreement will see the two airlines codeshare on a total of more than 200 flights per week.
Qantas terminated its previous codeshare pact with the French carrier in 2013 after establishing a new global partnership with Dubai-based Emirates.
Customers will benefit from more seamless travel experiences with single-ticket itineraries and through-checked baggage, as well as the opportunity to earn points on the new codeshare services.
Eligible Air France customers will also be able to access Qantas lounges in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, as well as eligible Qantas customers to Air France lounges in Paris, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Patrick Alexandre, EVP Commercial Sales and Alliances at Air France-KLM, said, “We are very pleased to be re-establishing a partnership with Qantas. Thanks to this agreement, the Air France-KLM group will be able to offer one of the best possible travel solutions for its customers from Europe to Australia. It will also deliver a better travel experience for our Business customers, with connections in Singapore and Hong Kong, two of the most popular airports in the world. This new cooperation confirms our group’s desire to expand in the Asia-Pacific region.”
Alison Webster, CEO of Qantas International, added, “This is great news for our customers who want to travel to Europe via Asia, giving them another option to get to Paris and more opportunities to earn Frequent Flyer Points.
“The return of this popular codeshare delivers on our strategy of partnering to provide customers with access to an expanded network and more seamless travel experiences wherever they want to fly,” Webster added.
Flight schedules (in local time) operated by Air France in July-October 2018:
Daily flight schedules (in local time) operated by Qantas in July-October 2018:
QF002: leaves Singapore at 19:30, arrives in Sydney at 05:10 the following day;
QF082: leaves Singapore at 21:10, arrives in Sydney at 07:00 the following day;
QF036: leaves Singapore at 20:15, arrives in Melbourne at 05:35 the following day;
QF052: leaves Singapore at 20:40, arrives in Brisbane at 06:05 the following day;
QF072: leaves Singapore at 18:40, arrives in Perth at 23:55.
|QF081: leaves Sydney at 10:15, arrives in Singapore at 16:50;
QF035: leaves Melbourne at 11:55, arrives in Singapore at 17:55;
QF051: leaves Brisbane at 12:00, arrives in Singapore at 18:15;
QF071: leaves Perth at 11:50, arrives in Singapore at 17:20.
|QF128: leaves Hong Kong at 20:00, arrives in Sydney at 06:55 the following day;
QF118: leaves Hong Kong at 23:25, arrives in Sydney at 10:50 the following day;
QF030: leaves Hong Kong at 20:10, arrives in Melbourne at 07:35 the following day;
QF098: leaves Hong Kong at 20:15, arrives in Brisbane at 07:05 the following day.
|QF127: leaves Sydney at 10:35, arrives in Hong Kong at 18:00;
QF029: leaves Melbourne at 09:35, arrives in Hong Kong at 17:20;
QF097: leaves Brisbane at 10:45, arrives in Hong Kong at 18:00.