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Air France-KLM and Qantas group strengthen their cooperation
Air France-KLM and Qantas group strengthen their cooperation
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| Alexandre Rocchi

Air France-KLM and Qantas group strengthen their cooperation

As part of the resumption of their codeshare between Europe and Australia, via Singapore and Hong Kong, the two airlines are moving closer to their loyalty programs and a new codeshare is concluded with JetStar Asia Airways and JetStar Airways for Southeast Asia and Australia.

In 2018, Air France-KLM and the Qantas group reactivated a large-scale code sharing between Europe and Australia. One year later, the two groups further work on their cooperation by relating their loyalty programs. Since December 9, 2019, members of Flying Blue, the loyalty program of Air France-KLM, will earn miles and XP (Experience Points) on flights provided by Qantas, and use their miles to reserve them. At the same time, Flying Blue Elite customers will also enjoy additional benefits when they travel on Qantas flights, such as priority airport services or a larger baggage allowance.

Moreover, from late December, Air France and KLM will launch a codeshare cooperation with JetStar Asia Airways or JetStar Airways, two airlines which are part of the Qantas group. Under this agreement, Air France and KLM customers will have access to a wider range of destinations in Southeast Asia and Australia. Connecting in Singapore from Amsterdam or Paris, Air France and KLM will place their code on 12 additional destinations subject to governmental authorizations operated by Jetstar Asia Airways: Da Nang (Vietnam), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Denpasar (Indonesia), Medan (Indonesia), Surabaya (Indonesia), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Siem Reap (Cambodia), Kula Lumpur (Malaysia), Penang (Malaysia), Phuket (Thailand), Yangon (Myanmar), and Darwin (Australia).

During the winter season 2019, KLM will implement its code on JetStar Airways flights to four Australian destinations in continuation of its service to Denpasar: Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney — also subject to governmental authorizations. Also in December, Air France, KLM and Qantas will extend their codeshare to flights connecting in Bangkok, on top of the existing codeshare via Singapore and Hong Kong, and providing a third route to connect Amsterdam and Paris with Sydney.

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