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Cathay Pacific and Qantas to start codesharing

Oneworld alliance partners Cathay Pacific and Qantas will start a codeshare partnership on 28 October, covering two Australia-Hong Kong routes, services from Hong Kong to Asia, and some Australian domestic routes.

Qantas will add its code to Cathay’s flights from Perth and Cairns to Hong Kong. It will also place its code on 10 other Cathay and Cathay Dragon routes from Hong Kong to India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

In return, Cathay will add its code to 13 domestic routes operated by Qantas.

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It is the first time the two rival airlines have entered into a codeshare relationship, despite both being founding members of the Oneworld alliance.

“This new codeshare partnership also forms part of our growth strategy for the broader Asia region, with strong demand for travel between Australia and Asia,” says Qantas International chief executive Alison Webster.

Cathay Pacific chief customer and commercial officer Paul Loo says the new agreement will broaden its reach in the southwest Pacific market.

“Australia has been a key destination for Cathay Pacific ever since we launched our first commercial operations to the country nearly half a century ago, and we look forward to welcoming guests from Qantas onto our flights soon,” he adds.

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