Qantas has submitted an application seeking an interim authorisation to continue the current code share arrangements between the airline and South African Airways until 31 March 2013.
The International Air Service Commission (IASC) had previously ruled to end the code share agreement on 31 December 2012 however Qantas is not willing to accept this, seeking a certainty of the code share.
A letter to the Commission yesterday stated Qantas wished to "continue to effectively operate and market seats" with SAA on the Sydney-Johannesburg route.
Qantas general counsel Brett Johnson told ISAC the interim extension was required in order to give the commission adequate time to consider the new application to ensure that the carriers are able to successfully market and sell under the Code Share Agreement in the meantime.
The airline is requesting a seven month certainty of the agreement, which will consist of a six month booking window and the extra month to, as Mr Johnson said, in the event that authorisation is not given, one month for the parties to take the actions necessary to unwind the Code Share Arrangements.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W