Qantas and fellow oneworld alliance member, Finnair, today announced a code share agreement for services between Sydney and Helsinki and Melbourne and Helsinki.
Under the agreement, Qantas will code share on Finnair services between Helsinki, Bangkok and Singapore. Finnair will code share on Qantas flights between Melbourne and Bangkok and Sydney and Singapore.
The code share will provide Qantas passengers originating in Sydney with four services each week to Helsinki, connecting in Singapore with Finnair flights.
Melbourne-originating passengers will be able to connect in Bangkok with Finnair flights to Helsinki four times each week.
Southbound, the code share agreement will provide three services a week to Melbourne and four services a week to Sydney.
Qantas Group General Manager, Commercial Strategy and Policy, Paul Edwards said the code share agreement would provide tourism benefits for Australia by giving Finnair an improved ability to market Australia in Finland and neighbouring Nordic countries.
“The inclusion of Australia in Finnair`s network is expected to increase visitor traffic to Australia from Finland and Sweden, ” he said.
Finnair`s Vice President of Corporate Communications, Christer Haglund, said the agreement would provide an improved service for oneworld passengers and would further strengthen Helsinki`s position as the northern gateway in Europe.
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