Qantas increases North American presence with codeshare agreements

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Qantas is increasing its North American network after expanding its codeshare agreements with Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air.

The Oneworld alliance member says that its code will appear on Horizon Air services between Los Angeles and Flagstaff, Boise, and Reno, and Alaska Airlines services from Honolulu to Seattle and Anchorage.

Both airlines already offer onward connections for Qantas customers from Los Angeles to Seattle, Portland, Vancouver and Calgary, and from San Francisco to Seattle, Portland and Vancouver. The Australian carrier recently signed a codeshare agreement with American Airlines for flights from Los Angeles to Austin, Nashville, San Jose, Fresno, Santa Barbara and Monterey.

With these agreements, Qantas offers codeshare flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York to 25 cities in the USA and six cities in Canada. It operates 47 return services per week between Australia and the USA on its own, and will add capacity in October with the introduction of the Airbus A380 from Melbourne and Sydney to Los Angeles.

"North America remains a key market for Qantas that continues to grow and we are always looking at opportunities to expand our network," says Rob Gurney, the carrier's general manager for sales and distribution. "The extension of our codeshare partnerships with Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air and American Airlines will provide our customers with new itinerary choices and seamless travel to these destinations in the USA."