Qantas will add an additional 40 routes to its North American network after announcing expanded codesharing agreements with American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and WestJet.
Bringing the total number of Qantas codeshare services across the US, Canada and Mexico to over 200 routes, the extended deals will come into effect from 25 October.
Qantas International chief executive Gareth Evans said the expansion would deliver greater benefits for customers travelling between Australia and North America.
“The new codeshare services will allow our customers to enjoy more connections across North America, Canada and Mexico from our Los Angeles and new San Francisco gateways and have their luggage checked straight through to their final destination,” Evans said.
“Our frequent flyers in particular will benefit from booking on the Qantas code, with increased opportunities to earn points and status credits.”
Qantas operates 37 non-stop flights per week to the US, in addition to codesharing on American Airline’s daily non-stop services between Sydney and Los Angeles beginning 19th December 2015.
Highlights of the expanded codesharing network, which will be available for sale over the next week include:
USA – From Los Angeles (LAX) with American Airlines, Qantas will add codeshares to Charlotte (CLT), Columbus (CMH), Philadelphia (PHL) and Pittsburgh (PIT).
From San Francisco (SFO) with American Airlines, Qantas will add codeshares to Philadelphia (PHL) and Phoenix (PHX).
From San Francisco (SFO) with Alaska Airlines, Qantas will add codeshares to Seattle (SEA) and Palm Springs (PSP).
Canada – From Los Angeles (LAX) with American Airlines, Qantas will add codeshares to Vancouver (YVR).
With WestJet, Qantas will add codeshares on an additional 25 city pairs to/from/within Canada from Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.
Mexico – From Los Angeles (LAX) with American Airlines, Qantas will add codeshares to Mexico City (MEX), Guadalajara (GDL) and San Jose de Cabo (SJD).
Qantas has also signed a new codeshare agreement with Solomon Airlines, which will enable Qantas customers to travel on Solomon Airlines services from Brisbane and Sydney to Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, from 15 November 2015.
The new deal is great news for the Solomon Islands, a destination Qantas executive manager international sales Stephen Thompson said is becoming more popular with both business and leisure travellers.