Qantas slashes British Airways codeshare flights to Europe

By David Flynn, November 9 2012
Qantas slashes British Airways codeshare flights to Europe

Qantas is cutting almost two-thirds of its codeshare flights with British Airways between London and Europe, as well as BA's Hong Kong-London route.

Over two dozen BA routes will no longer run as codeshare Qantas services from March 31, 2013. The move comes as the Qantas-BA joint venture winds down, to be replaced by the Qantas-Emirates partnership.

A Qantas spokeswoman confirmed the cuts, telling Australian Business Traveller that "Qantas and British Airways are in the process of winding down their JSA agreement. As a result a number of current codeshare flights will no longer be codeshare and will be available via interline bookings instead." 

Many of the destinations affected are already served by Emirates services running out of Dubai, and in Qantas' new world EK trumps BA.

The impacted routes are from London Heathrow to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Glasgow, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Lyon, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Newcastle, Nice, Paris, Prague, Rome, Singapore, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich.

However, Qantas says that "codeshare flights will still operate from London to Edinburgh; Berlin; Brussels; Aberdeen; Toulouse; Leeds, Bradford; Zagreb, Croatia; Oslo and Stockholm."

"Customers with existing bookings will be reaccommodated on the same flight with British Airways, honouring all existing frequent flyer bookings along with points and status credits recognition."

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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20 Nov 2011

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I have a few questions...firstly Bangkok is not mentioned either group, will QF/BA continue to codeshare on that route?  Hong Kong and Singapore....does QF intend that no passengers will want to continue to LHR on a code share?  I seem to remeber an article a while ago that said that QF would be opperating a BNE-SIN-LHR as a codeshare with BA.....Also just this week QF have talked about being able to use BA to to take jewish travellers to LHR via Asia....will this be without a codeshare?  Sorry to ask about the detail, but these thoughts struck me! 

07 Aug 2012

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According to the SIN-LHR, BKK-LHR & SYD-SIN codeshares will remain bookable.

BA still sell codeshares on QF metal for flying via SIN, BKK & HKG (deepending on departure point in AU).

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