Qantas Extends NZ Codeshare Services

AUCKLAND, 19 February 2002

Qantas today announced the extension of codeshare services between the New Zealand cities of Dunedin and Christchurch from 18 March and Hamilton and Wellington from 8 April.

The services will be operated on British Aerospace 29-seater Jetstream aircraft operated by the airline's New Zealand codeshare partner, Origin Pacific.

Qantas Regional General Manager New Zealand and Pacific, Peter Collins, said the new services were in addition to existing Qantas codeshare services on Origin Pacific offered between Christchurch and Queenstown, Wellington and Christchurch, Christchurch and Rotorua and Nelson and Wellington.

"Qantas also operates daily Boeing 737 services between Auckland and Wellington and Auckland and Christchurch in its own right. "These new codeshare services will give Qantas customers a choice of three return flights a day on both Dunedin-Christchurch and Hamilton-Wellington routes, providing convenient connections to Qantas-operated domestic services, as well as Qantas international services," Mr Collins said.

He said a fourth daily service between Dunedin and Christchurch would be added from 8 April.

He added that Qantas would offer a full range of fares suited to both leisure and business travellers.

"Qantas Frequent Flyer members will also earn Qantas Points when ticketed on Qantas codeshare services operated by Origin Pacific Airways," he said.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (2632)