By Andy Sambidge
Dubai airline says it will extend relationship with low cost carrier to 30 routes across Asia Pacific region
Emirates Airline and Jetstar on Monday announced the expansion of their codeshare and frequent flyer relationship to 30 routes across the Asia Pacific region.
From October 26, Emirates will grow its codeshare on Jetstar to include Jetstar Airways services between Melbourne and Ayers Rock (Uluru), Christchurch to Wellington in New Zealand and three new destinations in south-east Asia from Jetstar Asia’s hub in Singapore.
The new codeshare services from Singapore will connect Emirates passengers to Penang in Malaysia, Yangon in Myanmar and Medan in Indonesia, a statement said.
The additional destinations complement the current 25 routes announced in February this year, it added.
Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ executive vice president and chief commercial officer, said: "The expansion of the codeshare with Jetstar is an important milestone as we continue to expand the destinations available to Emirates' passengers. On Emirates alone we offer 145 destinations and with our partnership with Jetstar we are adding a further 30 routes across the Far East & Australasia region."
“We are delighted to add Emirates Skywards as a loyalty option for Jetstar customers while also adding more routes to our codeshare partnership,” added Jetstar Group chief commercial officer Lisa Brock.
The Jetstar Group is the largest low cost carrier in the Asia Pacific by revenue and has flown more than 120 million passengers since it launched in 2004.