Qantas Joins oneworld™ Partner Malev In Codeshare To Budapest

Sydney, 17 April 2007

Qantas will extend its European network to 25 cities when it introduces codeshare services to Budapest, Hungary, with oneworld™ member airline Malév from 30 April.

Qantas Group General Manager Sales and Distribution Rob Gurney said Qantas would codeshare on Malév services between Bangkok and Budapest, and Budapest and Frankfurt. Malév would codeshare on Qantas return services between Sydney and Bangkok.

"The Malév service between Budapest and Frankfurt is timed to connect with the Qantas service departing from Frankfurt to Australia via Singapore, providing customers with additional itinerary choices when travelling between Europe and Australia," he said.

Mr Gurney said customers would benefit from reciprocal Frequent Flyer programs and lounge access, with through checked baggage capabilities planned for introduction later in the year.

Reservations can be made via Qantas on 13 13 13, or a licensed travel agent.

Malév serves around 60 destinations in 35 countries, mainly in Europe, including oneworld™ hubs Helsinki, London Gatwick, Madrid, New York and Bangkok. With some 3,000 staff, Malév carried more than three million passengers in 2006. Malév offers two classes of services on all flights - Business and Economy. Its website, Malé, is available in Hungarian and English. Malév has codeshare agreements with oneworld™ partners American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia and Japan Airlines.

Among the accolades it has received for the quality of its services, it has recently been voted Best Airline in Eastern Europe 2006 by readers of Global Traveler Magazine and has been voted Best Airline of the Year for the past three years running by travel agents, business people and other travellers in a poll by Hungary's Az Utazó (The Traveller) magazine.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (Q3564)