Air New Zealand and Qantas announced plans today for a reciprocal codeshare agreement that leverages the strengths of each carrier’s domestic networks, making travel within Australia and New Zealand easier.
The two airlines also said at the launch that over time there was potential for them to explore areas of mutual interest, including research into biofuels, freight and ground-handling opportunities.
Under the codeshare agreement, Qantas intends to add its code on up to 30 routes on Air New Zealand’s domestic network and Air New Zealand intends to add its code on up to 85 routes on Qantas’ domestic network.
Coordination of check-in and handling at airports will mean shorter connection times, opening up more onward flights for customers on each carrier’s domestic networks and faster journey times overall.
Eligible customers will have access to a combined total of 36 domestic lounges on both sides of the Tasman when flying on routes covered by the codeshare agreement.
Qantas Group chief executive officer (CEO), Alan Joyce said the two national carriers had a lot of shared history as well as a shared goal of making travel easier and the codeshare deal “makes sense for customers”.
Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon said he is confident that respective customers will “enjoy the reciprocal benefits on both sides of the Tasman”.
The codeshare and customer offering will exclude Trans-Tasman flights. Qantas will continue to codeshare on all connecting Jetstar New Zealand services.
Tickets for the codeshare services will be available by the end of July 2018, for travel from 28 October 2018.