British Airways and its oneworld alliance partner, Cathay Pacific Airways, are expanding their code-sharing agreement to cover Kuala Lumpur, Auckland and eleven destinations in Europe.
From January 7, British Airways’ BA code will be added to Cathay Pacific’s daily services between Hong Kong and both Kuala Lumpur and Auckland. With British Airways’ twice-daily flights to Hong Kong from London, this will make travel easier between Britain, Malaysia and New Zealand.
The code-share also marks an important step for British Airways which will now be able to return the Malaysian capital to its timetable, having suspended the route earlier this year due to mounting losses.
Cathay’s CX code will be placed on British Airways’ flights linking London Heathrow with eleven European destinations - Newcastle, Aberdeen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, Cologne, Stuttgart, Prague - providing smoother connections from Cathay Pacific’s two daily Hong Kong services.
Code-sharing between the two carriers was first launched in March 2000. These eleven new destinations take the total number of code-share routes to 14.
These new code-sharing arrangements open for sale today, Monday, December 17.
Michael Jackson, British Airways’ Head of Alliances and Franchises said: ” We are delighted to announce this new code-sharing agreement with our oneworld partner. It reflects how the two airlines are constantly striving to find new opportunities to work together in the interests of all our customers. We’re particularly pleased that this also gives us the chance to return Kuala Lumpur to our timetable.”
Chitty Cheung, Cathay Pacific’s General Manager Alliance said: ‘‘Today’s code-share is good news for passengers in both Europe and Asia. In addition to new destinations passengers will find connections much more convenient now thanks to oneworld.’‘