Qantas, Solomon Airlines Announce Codeshare Agreement
15th Oct 2015
Australian carrier Qantas Airways revealed today it has penned a new codeshare agreement, this time with Solomon Airlines. The deal should bring some noteworthy benefits to passengers of both airlines traveling between Australia and the capital of Solomon Islands, Honiara.
The codeshare starts officially on 15th November this year and will use Airbus A320 aircraft to carry travelers from Brisbane and Sydney to Honiara.
The two carriers also agreed to make this a five time weekly service. Qantas will offer four return services per week from Brisbane to Honiara (flightsQF379 and QF380) and one weekly return service between Sydney and Honiara (flights QF381 and QF382).
Stephen Thompson Executive Manager International Sales at Qantas said the codeshare deal with Solomon Airlines is great news for Qantas customers looking to travel to the Solomon Islands.
"We're pleased to offer our customers the added benefits of a codeshare on five services per week from Australia to Honiara, a destination becoming more popular with both business and leisure travellers alike, with onward connections, available to some of the region's more untouched islands."
He also added:
"This means more opportunities to earn frequent flyer points and status credits, and for the first time, we'll be offering lounge access in Honiara for eligible customers. The new codeshare builds on our broader partnership strategy which sees us work closely with other international carriers to increase our presence in growing markets and deliver more for our customers."
Ron Sumsum, Captain at Solomon Airlines said the carrier is looking forward to welcoming more customers from The Flying Kangaroo onboard its flights starting from November.
Captain Sumsum said:
"This is a fantastic opportunity to boost tourism between the Solomon Islands and Australia, and we're looking forward to seeing Honiara promoted to more Australians than ever before."