American Airlines has agreed to codeshare on New Zealand domestic flights operated by Jetstar, Qantas Group’s low-cost airline group.
The U.S. airline will place its ‘AA’ flight prefix on Jetstar New Zealand’s Airbus A320 flights between Auckland and Christchurch; Auckland and Queenstown (a world-famous ski destination whose airport has a spectacular landing approach); Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand’s capital; Christchurch and Queenstown; and Christchurch and Wellington.
American Airlines and Jetstar have also launched an interline agreement to offer enhanced customer access for customers to or from the United States across Jetstar’s growing Australian and New Zealand flight networks, which now link more than 20 destinations.
Members of American’s AAdvantage program are able to earn mileage credit on all American-marketed flights. Jetstar flights marketed under the Qantas (QF) flight code are also eligible for award redemption.
“We’re very pleased to announce our agreement with Jetstar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of our oneworld partner Qantas. Jetstar has established itself as a world-leading low-fare airline for customers in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. The relationship we announced today will add significant value for our customers traveling throughout New Zealand,” says Virasb Vahidi, American’s chief commercial officer.
“Our proposed codeshare agreement with American Airlines will enable its customers to combine travel on Jetstar, American Airlines and other codeshare carriers such as Qantas as part of a single booking,” notes Bruce Buchanan, Jetstar Group’s chief executive officer. “As [Jetstar is] the second-largest airline in New Zealand and the fastest growing in our core Australian market, customers of American Airlines will gain even greater flexibility, convenience and choice of destinations when traveling to or within both countries.”
Jetstar operates multiple daily services to four key destinations within New Zealand: its hub at Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, and Wellington. Both Christchurch and Queenstown are on New Zealand’s South Island (where the New Zealand Alps are located, among them the country’s highest peak, Mount Cook). Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island.
Auckland (New Zealand’s largest city and a paradise for sailboat owners) and Wellington are on the country’s North Island, which is known for its beaches, geysers and active volcanoes. Famously windy Wellington lies at the head of a bay on the southern tip of the North Island, the bay opening into the Cook Strait which separates New Zealand’s North Island and South Island and is known for its strong seas and currents.
American serves Australia and the Asia-Pacific region with codeshare service on oneworld partner Qantas to Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane from the Australian carrier’s Los Angeles gateway. With hubs in Sydney and Singapore, Jetstar serves 18 countries in the Asia-Pacific region and operates nearly 2,000 flights a week. Implementation of the codeshare arrangement is contingent upon certain governmental and regulatory approvals.
Jetstar is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qantas Group but has separate management. Based in Melbourne, Jetstar commenced operations on May 25, 2004 and claims to be both the world’s largest low-cost long-haul carrier and the largest low-cost airline in Asia. Jetstar’s brands comprise its core Australia-based domestic and short- and long-haul international operations; Jetstar New Zealand, which operates domestic and trans-Tasman international services; Jetstar Asia, which is based in Singapore; and Jetstar Pacific, which operates domestic services in Vietnam.
The Qantas subsidiary says it has been profitable since start-up. Visit www.Jetstar.com for more information.
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