America West and Qantas Announce New Code-Share

Today, America West Airlines
and Qantas Airways announced a new code-share partnership that will offer
passengers convenient access to Australia and New Zealand from Phoenix,
Ariz. and Edmonton in Alberta, Canada. In Los Angeles, passengers will now
be able to easily connect to Qantas Airways flights bound for Sydney,
Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia, as well as Auckland, New Zealand and
beyond, offering increased flexibility and choice for travelers to
destinations in the South Pacific. “We’re pleased to be adding Qantas Airways, one of the most renowned
international carriers, to our portfolio of world-class alliance
partners,” said Dion Flannery, America West vice president, scheduling and
route planning.

“This relationship will provide passengers increased choice, greater
access and more convenient service to highly sought after travel
destinations in Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Meanwhile, from
Phoenix, America West operates more than 300 flights a day to destinations
in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica,” he added.

“Our partnership with America West helps to ensure that our passengers
benefit by having access to the most flexible options possible to suit
their travel preferences,” said Howard Goldberg, vice president of sales
and marketing for Qantas Airways. “We welcome this new opportunity to
provide more convenient access to travelers from Phoenix, one of the
fastest growing regions in the country,” he added.

Code-sharing provides passengers with a smooth transition between
connecting flights on their trips. At check-in, passengers receive
boarding passes on both airlines for their connecting code-share
itineraries. Additionally, passengers can check their baggage just once at
the start of their travel, rather than transferring it to another airline
mid-journey. Convenient connection times for code-share flights allow for
limited wait times between flights and smoother Customs clearance upon
arrival. Passengers can make reservations either by contacting Qantas
Airways directly or their travel agents.
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