AviationPassengers may be confused as Qantas flights from Singapore to Sydney feature Finnair livery and crew uniforms due to a codeshare partnership.

Excuse me, is this the plane for Sydney?

Qantas and Finnair announce codeshare partnership with Finnair operating selected A330 flights.
Qantas and Finnair announce codeshare partnership with Finnair operating selected A330 flights.

Passengers boarding a Qantas flight from Singapore to Sydney might be excused for getting a little confused.

The A330-300 aircraft livery will be that of Finnair and the cockpit and cabin crew will be wearing Finnair uniforms.

Are we flying to Sydney or Helsinki, some might wonder?

Qantas codeshare partner Finnair will operate selected A330 flights from Sydney to Singapore from the end of October and all flights between Sydney and Bangkok from March next year.

The Singapore flights will alternate between the Finnair A330s and the QF81/QF82 flights on Qantas’ own A330s, while the Bangkok flights will operate daily under the new leasing agreement, Qantas will provide the airline’s inflight catering, amenities and entertainment, while the premium economy and business product will be all Finnair’s.

Some lucky business class fliers will experience Finnair’s AirLounge, with its large shell-like seats cocooning passengers for privacy, complemented by both an ottoman and a leg rest to create a fully-flat bed without the recline mechanism.

The lease deal with Finnair is for the next six years to free up Qantas aircraft and crew for expansion on other routes.

In other indicator of the robust return to demand for travel, Singapore Airlines has announced a substantial increase to its operations across all five of Australia’s main airports from late November.

Subject to regulatory approval, SIA will mount a fifth daily flight to Sydney, taking the airline’s operations past its pre-Covid capacity.

SIA will also extend its A380 operations to Melbourne for an additional month before redeploying the superjumbo to Auckland and adding a fifth daily flight to the Victorian capital.

Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth will each have additional four-times weekly services added to their schedule, enhancing connectivity to key destinations in Europe and North Asia.

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