Qantas and Air France are back in rapprochement for daily flights to Paris, in what many hope will be a prelude to Qantas launching non-stop Boeing 787 flights from Perth to the French capital.
That direct Dreamliner service is considered a likely starter for the second tranche of Boeing 787-9 jets due from late 2019 – but for now, travellers will have to make do with hopping onto Air France flights at Singapore and Hong Kong.
From July 20, 2018 (although bookings open June 5), Qantas passengers will be able to make their combined Qantas and Air France journey as a single booking with through-checked baggage and access to Air France lounges if flying in business class or holding a Qantas Platinum One, Platinum or Gold card (sorry, no dice for Qantas Club members).
The QF flight number bolted onto an Air France Singapore-Paris or Hong Kong-Paris flight will also add the ability to earn a full serve of Qantas points and status credits on those Asia-to-Europe legs.
However, the Air France flights won't be able to be booked using your Qantas frequent flyer points, nor will you be able to request a points-based upgrade on them.
Here are the Air France flights available under the Qantas codeshare.
- from Singapore: AF257 leaves Singapore at 10.35pm, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 6am the following day; AF256 leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 8.50pm, arrives in Singapore at 3.45pm the following day.
- from Hong Kong: AF185 leaves Hong Kong at 10.50pm, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 5:55am the following day; AF188 leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 11.35pm, arrives in Hong Kong at 5.35 the following day.
Both pairs of flights run on Air France's flagship Boeing 777-300ER jets, which feature four chic La Premiere first class suites...
... and a fully-flat bed that's dressed with a duvet and feather-down pillow.
Qantas and Air France previously codeshared on Singapore-Paris flights but the guillotine fell on that arrangement with the launch of the Qantas-Emirates partnership.
However, the relationship continued in a limited and very transactional form with Air France's first class passengers using the Qantas lounges in Hong Kong and Los Angeles, while Qantas taps the French flag-carrier for access to its lounge at San Francisco.