In a surprising move, Air New Zealand and Qantas have announced plans for a reciprocal codeshare agreement. The agreement will cover the carriers domestic networks, making travel within Australia and New Zealand easier.

Qantas has announced that it intends to add its code on up to 30 routes on Air New Zealand’s domestic network and Air New Zealand intends to add its code on up to 85 routes on Qantas’ domestic network.

Coordination of services like check-in and handling at airports will mean shorter connection times, opening up more onward flights for customers on each carrier’s domestic networks and faster journey times overall.

In addition, business class and elite tier customers will have access to a combined total of 36 domestic lounges on both sides of the Tasman when flying on routes covered by the codeshare agreement.

It’s important to note that the codeshare and customer offering will exclude Trans-Tasman flights. Qantas will continue to codeshare on all connecting Jetstar New Zealand services.

Tickets for codeshare services are expected to be made available by the end of July 2018, for travel from 28 October 2018.

We’re excited to see two of the world’s best airlines partnering to offer a streamlined service experience when travellers make domestic connections within New Zealand or Australia. Will you be able to take advantage of this?

Adele started The Upgrade Collective to inspire Kiwi’s to travel in style and live smarter. A travel and lifestyle blogger with a taste for the finer things in life, Adele is happiest in the air, or indulging in good food and wine.

Adele started The Upgrade Collective to inspire Kiwi’s to travel in style and live smarter. A travel and lifestyle blogger with a taste for the finer things in life, Adele is happiest in the air, or indulging in good food and wine.