Qantas Airways has signed a codeshare agreement with China Southern Airlines.
Under the agreement, Qantas will place its code on China Southern-operated services from Guangzhou to eight destinations in Australia and China. These are Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Fuzhou, Kunming, Urumqi and Xiamen.
China Southern will meanwhile place its code on Qantas-operated services on the Cairns-Brisbane, Melbourne-Adelaide and Melbourne-Brisbane routes, and from Sydney to Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Gold Coast and Melbourne.
Codesharing is expected to be available for booking and travel from early 2014, subject to regulatory approval, says the Australian carrier.
In addition, both carriers have agreed to explore other areas of potential cooperation, including cargo opportunities and pilot training from Qantas.
“Qantas is now in a unique position of having commercial relationships with the three biggest carriers in greater China. We have codeshare agreements with China Southern and China Eastern Airlines, and through Oneworld, a relationship with Cathay Pacific,” adds its group chief executive Alan Joyce.
Flightglobal’s FlightMaps Analytics shows that Qantas Airways operates a daily Sydney-Shanghai Pudong service.