Qantas, AA expand codeshare deal

written by australianaviation.com.au | March 14, 2011
Qantas 747-400ERs will soon be taking off for DFW. (Seth Jaworski)

American Airlines and Qantas have announced an expansion of their codeshare agreement covering major cities throughout North America and Australia.

The expanded deal will now see Qantas codeshare with American Airlines flights to 28 new destinations from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), AA’s largest hub. Conversely, American will begin codesharing on Qantas services between Sydney and DFW, as well as domestic services from Brisbane to Adelaide, Canberra, Cairns, Melbourne and Perth. The expansion precedes the planned May 16 launch of direct Qantas services from Sydney to DFW, aiming to give Qantas passengers much expanded access to a wide range of major cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico. New destinations will include Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville and New York (Newark), as well as Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver.

“The new codeshares will help maximise the benefits of the new DFW service for passengers and underpin the enhancement of the Qantas-American Airlines relationship. This is an important step for Qantas as we prepare to begin flying to Dallas/Fort Worth and seek to deepen our relationship with American Airlines,” Qantas Airlines Commercial group executive  Rob Gurney said.

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“With the addition of 28 new codeshare cities, Qantas’s network out of DFW will total 54 destinations when we commence services in May, providing unprecedented choice and convenience for Australians visiting the USA. Similarly, the Australian tourism industry will have the opportunity to tap into a huge market of potential US visitors.”

The recent developments follow Qantas and AA’s desire to seek regulatory approval for closer collaboration from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and other relevant authorities. The new codeshare destinations will be progressively made available for sale over the next month.

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