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Qantas and SriLankan expand codeshares

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 20, 2017

A file image of a Qantas Airbus A330-300 on approach to Melbourne Airport. (Rob Finlayson)
A file image of a Qantas Airbus A330-300 on approach to Melbourne Airport. (Rob Finlayson)

Qantas and SriLankan Airlines have expanded their codeshare agreement to include more options for travel from Australia and New Zealand to Sri Lanka.

Under the new arrangements, the Australian carrier will add its QF airline code on SriLankan nonstop flights between Colombo and Bangkok, as well as between Colombo and Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, SriLankan will add its UL airline code on Qantas-operated flights from Melbourne to Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney, as well as from Melbourne to Auckland in New Zealand.

The two oneworld alliance members first established a codeshare agreement in 2014, shortly after SriLankan joined the marketing alliance.

At that time Qantas added its QF code on SriLankan’s Colombo-Singapore service. This was in addition to an existing codeshare on Emirates-operated flights on the route.

That previous codeshare agreement is ongoing, meaning Qantas customers have the option of travelling to Colombo via Bangkok, Hong Kong or Singapore on the airline’s QF code.

SriLankan started nonstop flights between Melbourne and Colombo at the end of October, returning to Australia for the first time since 2001.


Comments (9)

  • Brad


    It might be a bit more exciting if QF were adding their code to the non-stop UL services between MEL and CMB but, at this stage, this doesn’t appear to be the case.

  • Geoff


    As a quality magazine to inform and hopefully educate readers, I suggest that you do not lower your standards by incorrectly spelling QANTAS with the last five letters in lower case! It is an acronym after all.

    Would UNESCO be written that way? I know not!

    I simply enjoy good quality. Thanks.

  • Michael



    My rough guess is some sort of antitrust issues involved because of the route monopoly, similar to QF/JL partnership when flights between Australia and Japan does not carry each other’s code (codeshares only via SIN)

  • Roger


    Qantas is not an acronym and has not been for many years.

  • Brad


    @Geoff, Did you realise that even Qantas write their name with the last 5 letters in lowercase; check their website. Whilst it was once an acronym, I don’t believe it is any longer, it is just a name. The company is Qantas Airways Limited and this is not an abbreviation of Wueensland & Northern Territory Air Services Limited.

    Putting it all in capital letters looks like shouting and it annoying

  • Brendan toll


    Thanks Brad for making me Laugh ??,,but well said

  • Peter


    As there is no longer an Australian New Zealand Army Corps, perhaps we should move on and refer to the 25th April, and all the 100 year commemorations next year as Anzac, instead of showing some respect to history and traditions ( ie ANZAC ). QANTAS lost respect for it’s heritage by mis-spelling it’s name, no wonder it’s brand loyalty has gone to the dogs.
    I’m with you Geoff, 100%

  • Raj


    The bad reputation of Sri Lankan airlines for Usually Late ( UL ) is going to reflect on Qantas who are usually punctual. I flew Sri Lankan on 18/11 from Colombo to Melbourne and the flight was delayed by almost two hours ? . I few them from London to Colombo the flight was delayed by again two hours or so reason being mechanical problem but they were waiting on a VIP ( politician ) to arrive. When he breezed through the mechanical problem was solved. God save Qantas !!!

  • Edward Ranasinghe


    A service from Sri lanka to Singapore/Bangkok by Srilankan Airlines UL and continuation from Singapore/Bangkok to Sydney with Qantas and back will be most welcome with short transit times.

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