QF seeks extension on SAA codeshare

Qantas Airways (QF) has put forward an application to the International Air Services Commission (IASC) for a three-year extension on existing determinations regarding the Australian airline’s codeshare with South African Airways (SAA).

The current determinations allow for seven weekly return frequencies between Australia and South Africa and Qantas want to continue these operations.

QF is also seeking a condition to allow SAA to code share on Qantas-operated flights between Australia and South Africa until March 2016.

Qantas has agreed there must be no sharing or pooling of revenues under the codeshare agreement; both QF and SAA must price and sell their services on the route independently; the identity of the operating carrier is made known to all passengers; and quarterly reports regarding seat capacity and sales, along with passenger yields must be provided to the IASC.

Last month Qantas submitted an application seeking an interim authorisation to continue the current code share arrangements between the airline and South African Airways until 31 March 2013.

Qantas general counsel Brett Johnson told ISAC the interim extension was required in order to give the commission adequate time to consider the new application to ensure that the carriers are able to “successfully market and sell under the code share agreement in the meantime”.

Qantas is also in discussions with Qatar Airways regarding future codesharing agreements.

These codesharing applications come on the back of Qantas revealing its weak international business portfolio last month.

Keep checking e-Travel Blackboard for the results of the application.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T
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