Potentially saving two hours of travel time thanks to faster connections, Qantas and Air New Zealand have announced a new codeshare agreement.
With the simple aim of making travelling easier for passengers, the reciprocal deal will see Qantas add its code to some 30 routes on Air NZ’s domestic network, and the Kiwi carrier add its code on up to 85 routes on QF’s domestic network. The codeshare deal won’t include Trans-Tasman services.
As well as a more seamless check-in and handling experience through airports, eligible passengers on the airlines will also have access to a combined 36 domestic lounges in both countries when flying on routes under the codeshare agreement.
“Our relationship with Air New Zealand goes back almost 80 years. We’ve been partners at various stages over that time and we have a lot of respect for them as a competitor,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said.
“A codeshare deal on our domestic networks makes sense for customers because it leverages the strengths we each have in our home markets.”
Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon said the airline was confident flyers would enjoy the reciprocal benefits of the marriage.
“While the two airlines will continue to compete very strongly across all markets, Air New Zealand and Qantas are known for having a commitment to innovation, customer service excellence, operational performance and safety,” he said.
The two bosses said co-operation on areas such as biofuels, freight and ground-handling opportunities could also materialize over time.
Tickets on the codeshare services go on sale from the end of July for travel from 28 October 2018.
The announcement comes just days after the flying kangaroo renewed an important codeshare deal with Air France, which will be available from 20 July.