|British Airways moves on from Qantas with Cathay.|
British Airways has announced a new codeshare agreement with Cathay Pacific, designed to replace Qantas on flights between Australia and Europe.
The new codeshare will kick off from 31 March 2013, just as British Airways’ 17-year joint business agreement with Qantas comes to an end and will mean British Airways customers travelling to and from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Cairns can fly on Cathay Pacific services with a BA flight number when connecting onto one of British Airways' 14 weekly services between Hong Kong and London.
The Cathay Pacific code share flights are an addition to British Airways’ daily direct flights from London Heathrow to Sydney via Singapore.
Prior to the expanded codeshare, British Airways placed its BA code on Cathay Pacific flights between Hong Kong and Auckland, Denpasar, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Seoul and Surabaya – all of which will remain in place. Cathay Pacific has placed its CX code on numerous BA services between London Heathrow and key business and leisure destinations in Europe.
Pending Australian regulatory approval, the agreement, British Airways South West Pacific regional commercial manager Nicole Backo said the codeshare will allow the carrier to serve all major Australian cities and provide customers with “increased schedule options and flexibility”.
“In addition, customers travelling via Hong Kong will arrive at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 and have access to British Airways’ extensive European network, whilst providing a single itinerary and through-checked bags,” Ms Backo added.
Meanwhile, Cathay Pacific will continue to offer its own connecting services between Australia and London and expects to introduce a fifth daily service between Hong Kong and Europe’s financial capital on 27 June 2013.
Sale on tickets for codeshare routes (below) kicked off on 25 February 2013, for travel from 31 March 2013.