Qantas customers will now be able to earn frequent flyer points on direct services from Sydney and Brisbane to Taipei. Photo: Reuters
Qantas Airways has struck a codesharing deal with Taiwan's China Airlines in its latest move to extend its virtual network presence in Asia.
The Australian carrier's customers will now be able to earn frequent flyer points on direct services from Sydney and Brisbane to Taipei, with up to 10 flights a week available during peak seasons.
It follows earlier codesharing deals with Asian partners including China Southern, China Eastern, Bangkok Airways and Japan Airlines. Alliance partner Emirates also offers codeshares on its flights from Australia to Asia.
Qantas executive manager international sales Stephen Thompson said the airline had experienced growth in the number of customers travelling to Taipei via Singapore and Hong Kong.
"By providing greater access to Taiwan with a direct codeshare service and more opportunities to earn frequent flyer points, we're confident our customers will enjoy this new route to Taipei," he said.
Qantas customers can also continue to travel on the airline's flights to Singapore, connecting with codeshare services provided by Jetstar Asia to Taipei.
Mr Thompson said a key benefit of the Asian network was the ability to travel to multiple destinations within Asia without the need to backtrack.
"The option to fly direct into Taipei, and return via Singapore, for example, will appeal to business travellers looking to maximise their time," he said.
"This new codeshare also strengthens our position in the region, and complements existing commercial relationships with three of the biggest carriers in Greater China – China Eastern, China Southern, and through oneworld, Cathay Pacific".
China Airlines services between Australia and Taipei are operated by A330 aircraft. The new codeshare services will be available for booking from September 1 for travel from October 15, subject to regulatory approval.