Qantas and LAN Expand Codeshare

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Beginning August 1, Qantas will be tacking on more South American destinations to its network by expanding an existing codeshare with oneworld partner LAN. The new agreement means Qantas passengers can travel on codeshare services operated by LAN from Santiago, Chile to six destinations across South America.

Codeshare services (Qantas’ “QF” code on LAN’s flights) mean frequent flyer miles with seamless connections, and mindless baggage and airport transfers.

For LAN, the codeshare means agreements on service to Australia, New Zealand and, more importantly, across Qantas’ vast domestic network to eight cities on the move.

Qantas issued a news release, stating:

Qantas Executive Manager International Sales Stephen Thompson said the codeshare expansion delivered on the airline’s international gateway strategy by increasing its presence in growth markets through strategic partnerships.

“This is great news for Qantas customers, with greater access to popular destinations in South America than ever before,” Mr. Thompson said.

“Santiago is a key gateway for our customers and this development will strengthen its prominence as hub for onward connections, offering the additional customer benefits of a codeshare service — more opportunities to earn frequent flyer points and luggage checked straight through to their final destination.”

CEO of LAN, Damian Scokin, said in the same release, “We are pleased to strengthen our partnership with Qantas and to add 8 Australian cities to our network of destinations, which are located in key points of the island continent and allow access to the most attractive tourist destinations in Australia.”

Qantas flies non-stop, three times a week between Sydney and Santiago with a B747-400 aircraft reconfigured with lie-flat beds in Business Class. LAN flies a daily Santiago-Auckland-Sydney route that Qantas codeshares.

From November 21, 2014 to February 13, 2015, Qantas will add a fourth weekly Sydney — Santiago flight.

Beginning Augugst 1, the codeshare services operated by LAN are: Santiago — Rio de Janeiro; Santiago — Sao Paulo; Santiago — Lima; Santiago — La Serena; Santiago — Antofagasta; Santiago — Punta Arenas.

As part of the new Sydney Connect program, Qantas passengers traveling from Santiago through Sydney, then on to one of the carrier’s six Asian destinations will enjoy a complimentary, overnight accommodation.

[Photo: Qantas]

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