Qantas and LAN Airlines Expand Codeshare Agreement31st Jul 2014
Qantas and LAN Airlines have fortified their partnership through the expansion of their code-share agreement that now includes flights to more South American destinations and across the Tasman Sea.
Qantas customers who want to go beyond Santiago in Chile are now able to book flights through LAN Airlines to six exciting destinations in South America such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil; Antofagasta, La Serena and Punta Arenas in Chile; and Lima in Peru.
Currently, LAN Airlines only operates a single route - Santiago-Sydney - between South America and Australian continents.
As a reciprocal move, LAN Airlines customers are now able to book flights through Qantas to destinations beyond Sydney on Qantas extensive domestic network, as well as its trans-Tasman network.
Stephen Thompson, Qantas’ Executive Manager for International Sales, remarked that the recent expansion of their code-share agreement will enable their customers to experience the opportunity to visit exciting destinations in South America from, Santiago which is fast becoming an aviation hub in the region.
LAN Airlines' CEO, Damian Scokin, for his part, said that the strengthening of their partnership will now allow their customers from South America to explore more exciting destinations in Australia, which now includes 8 cities under the expanded codeshare agreement.
Qantas is the only airline from Australia and the Asia-Pacific region that offers direct service to Chile. It operates a thrice weekly flights between Sydney and Santiago using its B747 aircraft.
Between November 21 and February 13, Qantas will be mounting an additional flight per week in anticipation to the surging demand during the period.