A code share with Thai regional carrier Bangkok Airways that will start on 30 March will give Qantas flyers substantial network benefits whether passengers are connecting with it at Bangkok or Singapore.
This may not be the best time to think about travelling in Thailand given the political tensions, but it improves the Qantas options in Asia, and has travel agents anticipating similar announcements in relation to available connections in Hong Kong which retailers would like to see increased.
Qantas announcement states:
From 30 March, Qantas customers will be able to book on Bangkok Airways services from Bangkok and Singapore to six new destinations in Thailand, including Ko Samui, Chiang Mai and Phuket.
Qantas International Chief Executive Officer Simon Hickey said the agreement was another step forward in delivering on the airline’s strategy to offer the best options for customers travelling between Australia and Asia.
“This partnership is great news for our customers travelling to resort destinations in Thailand.
“The new codeshare services will allow customers to connect to their holiday destination via Bangkok or Singapore, with more opportunities to earn frequent flyer points and have their luggage checked straight through to their final destination,” said Mr Hickey.
Qantas and Bangkok Airways are working towards a reciprocal agreement which will enable Bangkok Airways customers to book on Qantas international services from Bangkok and Singapore to Australia, and on a number of routes on Qantas’ domestic network.