British Airways Codeshares With Cathay Pacific For Australia

British Airways and Cathay Pacific have unveiled new codeshare agreements to Australia’s international gateway cities. The latter’s flights to and from Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney will see British Airways’ “BA” code added from 31 March 2013, in a move by the Oneworld partners to better compete against the upcoming alliance between Qantas and Dubai-based Emirates.


The flights will connect with British Airways’ double daily services between London (Heathrow) and Hong Kong (BA 025/026 and BA 027/028). Cathay Pacific also operates 5 daily flights on the Hong Kong – London (Heathrow) route, effectively giving travellers a choice of 7 daily flights on the route with both carriers.


The extra codeshare options will not only provide greater flexibility for travellers, but also offer them a premium economy product between London and Australia as opposed to only between Dubai and Australia from the Qantas/Emirates offering. Frequent flyers and premium cabin passengers will also benefit from the use of Cathay Pacific’s excellent lounges during their transit in Hong Kong.


Travel on the Kangaroo Route is rapidly evolving with several airlines and airports keen to boost their standing in the wake of the changes. British Airways and Cathay Pacific join carriers such as China Southern Airlines, Etihad Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia that have made scheduling and product enhancements in recent months to raise their share of the market.


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