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If it was two months earlier I would have thought it was an April Fools’ joke.
While Qantas’ biggest rival is undoubtedly Virgin Australia, their second biggest rival is probably Air New Zealand. Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand used to have a very close alliance, as part of Virgin Australia’s unpopular ‘global virtual alliance,’ but this is being rapidly wound back this year after Air New Zealand sold its stake in Virgin Australia, and started rapidly cutting ties with its partner.
So it is most surprising that Qantas has announced a codeshare partnership with Air New Zealand, for travel commencing on 28 October this year. As Qantas describes it:
- Arch-Rivals Qantas And Air New Zealand Announce Surprise Partnership – Enclosure
- Is Qantas Considering Introducing ‘Buy-On-Board’ On Some Routes?
- Is Qantas Considering Introducing ‘Buy-On-Board’ On Some Routes? – Enclosure