Qantas has struck a codeshare agreement with China Airlines to extend the network's presence in key Asian growth markets.
Under the new agreement Qantas customers will be offered direct access to Taiwan.
This follows steady growth in the number of Qantas passengers travelling to Taipei via Singapore and Hong Kong.
From October 15, customers can travel on codeshare services operated by China Airlines from Sydney and Brisbane to Taipei. Up to 10 return services per week will be available between Australia and Taipei during peak seasons.
“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,” said Qantas executive manager of international sales, Stephen Thompson.
Customers can also continue to travel on Qantas operated services to Singapore, connecting with codeshare services operated by Jetstar Asia to Taipei.
“A key benefit of our extensive Asia network is the ability to travel to multiple destinations within Asia without the need to backtrack. The option to fly direct into Taipei, and return via Singapore, for example, will appeal to business travellers looking to maximise their time, said Mr Thompson.
“This new codeshare also strengthens our position in the region, and complements existing commercial relationships with three of the biggest carriers in Greater China – China Eastern, China Southern, and through oneworld, Cathay Pacific.”
The new codeshare agreement follows other recent initiatives to strengthen Qantas’ presence in growth markets, including a recent expansion of its codeshare with LAN across South America and the new codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways to resort destinations in Thailand and Cambodia.
China Airlines services between Australia and Taipei are operated by A330 aircraft.
The new codeshare services with China Airlines will be available for booking from September 1, this year.