Qantas inks rail codeshare

Qantas has said it will commence a new codeshare
arrangement with German rail operator Deutsche Bahn between Frankfurt and seven cities
in Germany from 1 May.Qantas Group General Manager Sales and Distribution Rob Gurney said the codeshare
would allow customers to connect with Intercity-Express (ICE) rail services from Frankfurt
Airport to Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Nuremberg and Stuttgart.
“This is Qantas’ first codeshare arrangement outside of Australia with a rail operator and it
will provide our customers with an opportunity to tour Germany in two-class seating with
views a little closer to the ground,” he said.
Mr Gurney said that the daily rail services complemented Qantas’ air services.
“Our daily flights arrive in Frankfurt at 0550 with rail services departing approximately 90
minutes after landing, depending on the destination.
“ICE trains are quiet and fully air-conditioned, with luggage space in each coach and a
bistro service offering snacks and meals as well as a wide selection of hot and cold
drinks,” he said.
Vice President Sales Channel Management of Deutsche Bahn, Thomas Drexler, said:
“We are very pleased that Qantas has entered this codeshare agreement with us. It
shows that the airlines as well as their passengers acknowledge comfortable, reliable and
environmentally-friendly feeder options.”
Qantas uses Terminal Two at Frankfurt Airport, and a shuttle bus service connects
passengers to the long distance railway station, adjacent to Terminal One.