Qantas will extend its European network to 25
cities when it introduces codeshare services to Budapest, Hungary, with
oneworld member airline Malev from 30 April.
Qantas Group General Manager Sales and Distribution Rob Gurney said
Qantas would codeshare on Malev services between Bangkok and Budapest,
and Budapest and Frankfurt. Malev would codeshare on Qantas return
services between Sydney and Bangkok.
“The Malev service between Budapest and Frankfurt is timed to connect
with the Qantas service departing from Frankfurt to Australia via
Singapore, providing customers with additional itinerary choices when
travelling between Europe and Australia,” he said.
Mr Gurney said customers would benefit from reciprocal Frequent Flyer
programs and lounge access, with through checked baggage capabilities
planned for introduction later in the year.
Malev serves around 60 destinations in 35 countries, mainly in Europe,
including oneworld hubs Helsinki, London Gatwick, Madrid, New York and
Bangkok. With some 3,000 staff, Malev carried more than three million
passengers in 2006. Malev offers two classes of services on all flights
- Business and Economy. Its website, Malev.com, is available in
Hungarian and English. Malev has codeshare agreements with oneworld
partners American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia and Japan