British Airways has pledged to continue flying the Sydney-Singapore-London route, in the face of speculation that it would abandon flights to Australia after its joint-venture partnership with Qantas concludes in March 2013.
“British Airways is very proud of its long history with Australia and we remain committed to providing customers with the best of British service when travelling to the UK and Europe,” promised Neil Ager, British Airways' Regional Commercial Manager, South West Pacific.
“We know we have many loyal customers in Australia, and they can continue to fly with confidence when they choose British Airways.”
BA's restated commitment to the Kangaroo Route follows speculation that the British flag-carrier would cut the Singapore-Sydney leg of its one remaining flight in the wake of the Red Roo's hookup with Emirates and Qantas' plans to shift its Europe-bound connection hub to Dubai from Singapore, along with rumoured talks of a closer BA-Qatar Airways relationship following Qatar's entry into the oneworld alliance.
But it's not a total breakup with the Red Roo: "British Airways is looking to maintain and develop numerous existing codeshares with Qantas in Asia and Europe as part of oneworld, and the airline is currently exploring options for when the JSA ends on March 31, 2013," BA said in the statement.
It's good news for any Qantas frequent flyers who would prefer stopping over in Singapore on BA instead of Qantas-Emirates' flights via Dubai -- still earning status credits since BA and Qantas will remain part of the oneworld alliance.
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Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.