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KLM Expands Codeshare Agreement with Qantas; Airline Groups to Enter Frequent Flyer Partnership

KLM announced Monday that they will expand their codeshare partnership with Qantas and group airlines Jetstar Asia Airways and Jetstar Airways. Additionally, Qantas announced a new Frequent Flyer Partnership with the Air France-KLM Group.

KLM Boeing 777-300 at Schiphol - Photo Credit: Patrick Kop/KLM

Today, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Qantas announced an expansion of their codeshare partnership with new options for customers traveling between the Netherlands and Australia. Qantas will now place its code on KLM’s daily flights from Amsterdam to Bangkok, while KLM’s code will be added to Qantas flights between Sydney and Bangkok. As part of the agreement, KLM frequent flyers can now earn and redeem points and status credits and all eligible customers will be able to access KLM lounges in Amsterdam and Bangkok and Qantas lounges in Sydney.

This month, KLM also expects to rollout a new codeshare agreement with Qantas Group airlines Jetstar Asia Airways and Jetstar Airways, providing connections in Singapore and Denpasar, respectively. In this agreement, KLM will place their code on nine Jetstar Asia Airways destinations including Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Medan and Surabaya Indonesia, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap Cambodia, Penang Malaysia, Phuket Thailand, and Yangon Myanmar. KLM will also place their code on Jetstar Airways’ flights to Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. In Monday’s announcement, KLM’s President & CEO, Pieter Elbers said,

“We are excited to forge close ties and extend our partnership with Qantas further. It will help to drive tourism and economic and cultural exchange between the Netherlands and Australia, by reciprocating leisure and business travel. Our codeshare arrangements with Jetstar Airways and Jetstar Asia Airways, and the addition of their extensive networks to our schedule, marks another milestone in our joint Business. This is great news for our customers who now have even more flexibility when travelling between Europe and Asia.”

Frequent Flyer Partnership

In a separate press release Monday, Qantas announced that their customers could now access reward seats and earn points across the entire Air France-KLM network. The original 2018 codeshare agreement with Air France-KLM allowed customers of each airline to connect to Australia and Europe via Singapore and Hong Kong. The comprehensive new partnership announced today gives Qantas Frequent Flyers access to 60 new destinations across Europe and Africa. Additionally, frequent flyers with Gold status or higher will now have access to tier benefits across the entire Air France-KLM network. In Monday’s announcement, Qantas’ Loyalty CEO, Olivia Wirth said,

“Qantas Frequent Flyer is committed to building strong and strategic partnerships with flagship airlines to improve travel options and benefits to our members. Members will now have access to hundreds of thousands more reward seats in popular destinations including Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Barcelona, and Athens, as well as new destinations across France, Italy and Northern Europe. Frequent Flyers used 10 billion Qantas Points booking dream trips across Europe last year. We know this partnership will allow our members to explore more of the continent and find reward seats more easily.”

The new agreement allows Qantas Frequent Flyer and Air France-KLM Flying Blue members to earn points while flying across each airline’s network. To earn points on Air France-KLM flights, Qantas Frequent Flyers will simply enter their account number when booking flights.

Source(s) KLM, Qantas


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