Qantas will partner with China Airlines for direct flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Taipei under a new codeshare agreement with the Taiwanese airline.
China Airlines runs up to ten return flights a week (during peak seasons) between Australia and Taipei on its Airbus A330 aircraft.
Subject to approval, Qantas passengers will be able to book flights from September 1 for travel from October 15, 2014.
“We’ve seen a growth in the number of our customers travelling to Taipei via our Singapore and Hong Kong hubs,” explained Stephen Thompson, Qantas Executive Manager for International Sales.
“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.”
Qantas is also spruiking the option of a Taipei-Singapore return leg on Jetstar Asia.
“A key benefit of our extensive Asia network is the ability to travel to multiple destinations within Asia without the need to backtrack" Thompson says.
"The option to fly direct into Taipei, and return via Singapore, for example, will appeal to business travellers looking to maximise their time."
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