Qantas will add four Middle East destinations to its network from 29 March, through a new codeshare arrangement with Etihad Airways.
The agreement will give Qantas customers non-stop access to Etihad’s Abu Dhabi hub as well as connections to Amman in Jordan, Beirut in Lebanon and Bahrain.“The United Arab Emirates and the broader Middle East are important markets for Australia in terms of both business links and tourism,” said Executive General Manager Qantas, Mr John Borghetti. “For the first time, Qantas will be able to offer direct access to multiple points in the Middle East from Sydney, Melbourne and from Brisbane.”
Qantas will codeshare on 21 weekly Etihad services to Abu Dhabi:
- 11 non-stop from Sydney;
- 7 non-stop from Melbourne; and
- 3 from Brisbane via Singapore.
Codeshare connections will then be available on Etihad services from Abu Dhabi to Amman, Beirut and Bahrain.
Etihad Airways will codeshare on selected Qantas services between Australia and Auckland. It will also codeshare on a range of Qantas domestic services between Adelaide and Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney and Cairns and Sydney.