British Airways has announced that it has reached agreement with Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific to code-share on flights between the UK and Australia. Subject to regulatory approval, the new agreement will come into force on 31st March, the same days as the new partnership between Qantas & Emirates comes into effect.
The new agreement will allow British Airways customers travelling between the UK & Australia to combine the airline’s twice daily service between Heathrow Terminal 5 and Hong Kong with onward Cathay Pacific flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane & Cairns.
“Our new code share with Cathay Pacific will allow British Airways to serve all major Australian cities and provide customers with increased schedule options and flexibility,” British Airways spokeswoman Nicole Backo said. ”Customers travelling via Hong Kong will arrive at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 and have access to British Airways’ extensive European network, whilst providing a single itinerary and through-checked bags.”
The introduction of this new route agreement does not affect British Airways existing service between Heathrow & Sydney via Singapore while, at the same time, Cathay Pacific will continue to offer its own flights between the UK & Australia utilising its soon to be 5 daily flights between Heathrow & Hong Kong.
Both airlines are members of the oneworld alliance as is Qantas. Whether the Australian flag-carrier remains within the alliance is far from certain although, thus far, it has stressed its unequivocal support.