QANTAS AND EL AL TO LAUNCH CODESHARE PARTNERSHIP
February 23, 2017 at 6:55 AM
Australian and Israeli travellers are set to benefit from a new codeshare agreement between Qantas and EL AL, subject to government and regulatory approvals.
Customers of both airlines will be able to book on select flights operated by the other, as well as earn and redeem frequent flyer points. The partnership focuses on linking Qantas’ flights between Australia and Asia to EL AL’s flights between Asia and Israel’s financial centre and technology hub, Tel Aviv. It will also connect Qantas’ flights from Sydney to Johannesburg with EL AL’s services from Tel Aviv to the South African city.
Today, Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans and EL AL President and CEO David Maimon signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to deepen the relationship between the two carriers witnessed by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The MoU signing followed the Prime Ministers’ signing of a new Air Services Agreement between Australia and Israel.
Mr Evans said while Qantas and EL AL currently have an interline arrangement, the new codeshare was part of the Australian national carrier’s strategy to continually improve travel options for its customers by building long term partnerships with other airlines.
“We’re really pleased to be teaming up with EL AL and adding Tel Aviv to our network,” said Mr Evans.
“It’s a popular destination for the many Australians with family and friends in Israel, including a lot of Qantas frequent flyers who we know will welcome the option to book with us.
“The timing’s especially good when you think about the growing number of Australian companies doing business with Israel’s world-class technology and start-up sectors.”
Mr Maimon emphasised that the expansion of commercial ties between EL AL and Qantas is a natural fit for both airlines, benefiting customers.
“To have the national carriers of both Israel and Australia further enhance cooperation will strengthen the ties between our countries and provide a seamless mode of travel for our passengers.”
“Australia is a growing destination for Israelis, especially from the business and tourism segments and we are here to answer their needs,” added Mr Maimon.
Under the MoU signed today, Qantas plans to add its QF code to EL AL operated flights to three Qantas destinations - Hong Kong, Bangkok and Johannesburg - and Tel Aviv.
EL AL plans to add its code to Qantas services that operate between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hong Kong; between Sydney and Bangkok; and between Sydney and Johannesburg.
Reciprocal lounge access will be available for eligible customers of both airlines in Tel Aviv, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hong Kong. Eligible customers will also be able to access lounges available to Qantas customers in Bangkok and Johannesburg.
The codeshare flights will go on sale during the second half of the calendar year.
Founded in regional Queensland in 1920 – as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services – Qantas is one of Australia’s most iconic brands and has played a central role in the development of the Australian and international aviation industry. Today the Qantas Group is a diverse global aviation business, comprising Qantas Domestic, Qantas International, the Jetstar low-cost carrier group and Qantas Loyalty. The Qantas Group operates more than 7,300 flights each week and, together with its code-share and oneworld partners, offers flights to more than 1,200 destinations around the world, carrying over 50 million passengers each year. Qantas is ranked one of the top 10 airlines in the world by Skytrax. In 2017 was named the World’s Safest Airline by Airlineratings.com for the fourth year in a row and holds many major awards for service, food and wine, technology and innovation. There are more than 11.6 million members in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program. For more information on how to earn and use Qantas Points as a Qantas Frequent Flyer, visit qantas.com.
About EL AL Israel Airlines:
EL AL Israel Airlines, Israel's national airline, established in 1948 alongside the State of Israel, offers more non-stop flights than any other airline to/from Israel. EL AL flies to 36 destinations non-stop from Israel and serves hundreds of other destinations throughout the world via partnerships with many other carriers. EL AL embodies Israel’s values of innovation and caring and is known for its genuine Israeli hospitality. EL AL has an annual revenue of just over $2 billion and carries close to 5.5 million passengers every year. In 2017 EL AL will commence to receive the first of 16 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, renewing its fleet of aircraft.