International Air Services Commission (IASC) received (30-Sep-2010) an application from V Australia to enter into a codeshare arrangement as a marketing carrier on services operated by Etihad Airways and authority for Etihad to place its code on services operated by V Australia between points in Australia and Abu Dhabi. For many of the proposed codeshare services V Australia will operate as a marketing carrier under air services agreements which do not require a specific allocation of capacity from the IASC. However, an allocation will be required for codeshare services operated between Australia and Thailand, France, Greece and Bangladesh and is seeking the following codeshare capacity entitlements:
- Thailand: daily frequencies between Australia and Bangkok;
- France: 150 seats daily between points in Australia and Paris;
- Greece: 800 seats weekly between points in Australia and Athens;
- Bangladesh: five weekly frequencies.
V Australia is also seeking an allocation of capacity for three times weekly service on the Australia-UAE route, to launch Sydney-Abu Dhai service in Feb-2011. The carrier also plans to launch three times weekly Brisbane-Abu Dhabi service by Feb-2012, subject to a separate application to IASC. [more]
IASC also received (30-Sep-2010) an application from Pacific Blue for a variation in capacity on the New Zealand route, to allow it to engage in codeshare operations with Etihad on routes operated by Pacific Blue between points in Australia and Auckland and Christchurch. [more]