Qantas and British Airways have boosted long-standing joint services agreement (JSA) partnership on flights connecting the UK and Australia via Singapore. In the partnership, BA will be increasing capacity on its service between London and Sydney by swapping its current Boeing 777 aircraft for the larger Boeing 747. In addition, the carriers will switch route operations on flights to Bangkok and Hong Kong, with BA taking on the routes from London and Qantas flying to the cities from Australia. BA will also increase its frequency on the Hong Kong route from 14 flights a week to 17. Meanwhile the two oneworld alliance partners will join forces on a new lounge at Singapore’s Changi airport to place the city as its main connecting hub. As a result, both airlines will be further aligning their timetables to offer better transfer times between services, including onward connections to Sydney and Melbourne for UK passengers. “Singapore will become the focal point of the JSA relationship, with daily Qantas A380 services from Melbourne and Sydney and onward to London, increased British Airways capacity and a new premium lounge,” said Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas. “The new approach is a smarter use of both airlines’ resources that will enhance our competitive position in Asia and in the Australia-Europe market”. The restricted JSA is part of Qantas’ new five-year international strategy, which includes the launch of direct services to Santiago from Australia, new airport lounges, JSA extensions and an order for 110 Airbus A320, with the option to buy a further 194.