BA and Qatar Airways establish codeshare on flights to Australia

Aug 18, 2020

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Flights to Australia will once again be bookable through as of October this year, thanks to an extended codeshare agreement between fellow Oneworld alliance member Qatar Airways.

Passengers can now book flights to Adelaide (ADL), Melbourne (MEL), Perth (PER) and Sydney (SYD) from the U.K. on departure dates starting from 25 October. The flights will be operated by Qatar Airways metal, but will have British Airways flight numbers, as first reported by Executive Traveller.

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For example, the flight details below were from a search for flights from London to Sydney. Rather than going via Singapore with British Airways, the route is via Doha (DOH) with Qatar but has BA flight numbers — BA4482 and BA6389.

Premium passengers and BA Executive Club shouldn’t notice the flying experience to be any different. Those entitled to lounge access will still have that, and those with other elite benefits can still use those, where appropriate. For some qualifying purposes, BA may require that an eligible trip has a BA flight number, where this codeshare agreement comes into play.

Related: Which flights count as ‘qualifying flights’ for British Airways elite status?

While BA is still operating an albeit reduced flight schedule to Singapore, BA15’s onward connection to Sydney (SYD) is not scheduled to return to service until 15 December, as per the booking tool on BA’s website.

The move is yet another notch to add to the bow of the relationship between the British and Qatari flag carriers. Earlier in 2020, Qatar Airways increased its stake in BA’s parent company, IAG, from 21.4% to 25.1%.

Before booking straight away, keep in mind that Australia still has strict entry requirements in place, meaning you may not be able to visit the country as a tourist until 2021.

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