Jetstar and Emirates have continued the expansion of their codeshare partnership, teaming up on more routes across the Asia Pacific region.
From 26 October 2014, Emirates will start codesharing on Jetstar’s services from Melbourne to Uluru, Christchurch to Wellington, and Jetstar Asia’s flights from Singapore to Penang, Yangon and Medan.
The additional destinations complement the existing 25 routes operating under the codeshare partnership, which were announced in February this year.
“The expansion of codeshare with Jetstar Group carriers is an important milestone as we continue to expand the destinations available to Emirates’ passengers,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ executive vice president & chief commercial officer. “On Emirates alone we offer 145 destinations and with our partnership with Jetstar carriers we are adding a further 30 routes across the Far East and Australasia region.”
In terms of Asia, the three additional destinations take the total number of ex-Singapore codeshare routes to 12. And Jetstar Asia’s CEO, Bara Pasupathi, said he expects a rise in business following the expansion.
“Since we launched the partnership, we have seen the number of Emirates’ passengers double month-on-month so we see the extension of the codeshare to three of our most popular routes having tremendous potential,” Pasupathi said.
Emirates passengers travelling on Jetstar services receive the same services as those offered on the full-services carrier, including F&B and a large baggage allowance.
Jetstar is the low-cost subsidiary of Qantas, which launched a wide-ranging partnership with Emirates last year, including the re-routing of its ‘Kangaroo Route’ flights via Dubai.