Premium Offering From Qantas x Finnair
With the demand for international travel continuing to rebound, we are seeing a steady increase in supply, resumption of suspended services and even some new routes being released. Amongst this, Qantas have recently announced a partnership with their oneworld partner, Finnair, who will operate some flights between Sydney and Singapore and Bangkok.
You’ll be able to enjoy the modern cabin and renowned Finnish service on the Finnair A330, while continuing to receive Qantas’ inflight food and beverage service, inflight entertainment and amenities.
From 29 October 2023, select services between Sydney and Singapore will be operated by Finnair for Qantas. Then from 31 March 2024, the Sydney-Bangkok service will commence. These flights will be identified through their unique codeshare flight numbers, noting Finnair as the operating carrier.
This means for the first time, you’ll be able to enjoy Premium Economy when traveling between Australia and Bangkok. This opens up a whole new Premium Economy gateway for round the world and global airfares, with Premium Economy also offered through Lufthansa, Austrian, SWISS and Finnair on routes such as:
Lufthansa: Bangkok → Munich
Austrian Airlines: Bangkok → Vienna
SWISS: Bangkok → Zurich
Finnair: Bangkok → Helsinki
Lufthansa’s 3 Continent Global Airfare continues to lead the way in Premium Economy, starting from just $4,262 including taxes. This can also be combined with SWISS and Austrian to open up additional availability and route options. Qantas Frequent Flyer members may prefer to use oneworld carriers throughout, which can be achieved at a great price point on the Finnair Premium Economy Round the World Airfare from $5,194 including taxes. These additional services are also able to be booked on a Qantas or oneworld round the world airfare, providing more options on a range of airfare deals.
What Can You Expect From The Flight?
You will get a true Finnair experience onboard the Finnair operated flights, with all being operated by Finnair crew and pilots. The Finnair product is exceptional and fresh, featuring the new Premium Economy seats which were released in 2022 as the airline’s first Premium Economy offering. Those flying Finnair Business Class are also able to experience the new ‘AirLounge’, a concept unique to Finnair. We recently flew in this unique seat from Helsinki to Singapore and you can read our review here. Despite increasing their price points in 2022, in line with their investment in a new and improved product offering, Finnair continues to be one of our most popular options, especially for high-tier Qantas frequent flyer members.
Although operated by Finnair, there will be no change to the flight schedule or check-in process, meaning you can still check-in to a QF flight number at the airport, kiosk, or via the Qantas app. There will be no change to carry-on or check baggage allowances and for Qantas Frequent Flyers, you will still have access to the existing benefits you carry and enjoy as part of your membership. Being QF flight numbers, these will accrue full Qantas status credits despite the operating airline being Finnair, meaning that a flight from Sydney to Bangkok or Singapore would accrue 120 status credits in Business Class, unlike a codeshare ‘AY’ flight number which would accrue 60 status credits in Business.
To book your next round the world trip, contact an airfare specialist today!