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Published on Thursday, August 24, 2006

Qantas signs codeshare with Air China

Qantas has signed a codeshare arrangement with Air China effective from September 15.

Qantas group general manager sales and distribution Rob Gurney said the arrangement would see Air China codeshare on three weekly return Qantas services between Sydney and Beijing.

“We are very pleased to welcome Air China to the Qantas family of codeshare partners,” he said.

“China is an extremely important market to the Qantas Group. In the lead-up to the 2008 Olympic Games, we expect to offer daily services between Australia and Beijing to better cater for growing trade and leisure travel.

“Travel between China and Australia has increased more than 40 per cent in the past three years and is expected to grow a further 20 per cent in the coming year.

“This codeshare agreement with Air China is an extension of the Qantas Group’s commitment to the region.”

Gurney said the Airbus A330 services would offer Air China customers authentic Chinese cuisine and Qantas’ award winning inflight entertainment, with personal television screens offering digital picture and sound quality in the Economy cabin.

“These services feature Audio and Video on Demand, with a choice of 60 movies, 120 TV selections, a library of 120 CDs, 20 radio channels and 10 interactive games,” he said.

Gurney said Qantas had developed codeshare arrangements with many other leading airlines, offering customers an extended network that provided seamless access to a wide variety of destinations around the world.

Qantas currently operates seven weekly services to mainland China – four to Shanghai and three to Beijing.

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