Airline opens bookings to Australia with expansion of Qantas relationship
CALGARY – WestJet announced it has expanded its codeshare relationship with Qantas by placing its WS code and flight numbers on Qantas-operated flights between Los Angeles and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
"Canada's favourite airline, WestJet, welcomes this deepened relationship with Qantas," said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning and Alliances. "Expanding our partnership with Qantas provides our guests greater global travel options and aligns with the new premium products and services WestJet is developing as we continue our evolution to a global network airline."
Itineraries connecting the growing WestJet network to these Australian destinations are available today for purchase on all WestJet sales channels for flights starting December 6, 2018.
"The expansion of our codeshare relationship with WestJet will give Canadian travellers more options to visit Australia than ever before," said Stephen Thompson, Senior Executive Vice-President, The Americas, Qantas. "We offer more non-stop flights between North America and Australia than any other airline and have Australia's largest domestic network with connecting services to more than 60 destinations across Australia and New Zealand. Our customers tell us they feel their Australian holiday starts the moment they step onboard a Qantas flight, with our award-winning Australian food and wine selection and the warm Aussie hospitality our crew provide."
WestJet and Qantas have been codeshare partners since 2014 and the airlines have offered Qantas Frequent Flyer and WestJet Rewards members the ability to earn and redeem loyalty rewards since 2017. Travellers will also continue to enjoy one-stop check-in and baggage transfers to their final destination.
WestJet operates flights from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto to Los Angeles. The WS code will be added on Qantas' daily flights between Los Angeles and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and its seasonal service between Vancouver and Sydney.
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