Qantas this week announced a new codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways, which is set to significantly improve the national carrier’s travel options across South East Asia.

From March 30, Qantas customers will be able to book Bangkok Airways services from Bangkok and Singapore to six new destinations in Thailand, including Ko Samui, Chiang Mai and Phuket.

Qantas international CEO Simon Hickey said the agreement was another step forward in delivering on the airline’s strategy to offer better options for customers travelling between Australia and Asia.

“The new codeshare services will allow customers to connect to their holiday destination via Bangkok or Singapore, with more opportunities to earn frequent flyer points and have their luggage checked straight through to their final destination.”

Qantas and Bangkok Airways are working towards a reciprocal agreement which will also enable Bangkok Airways customers to book on Qantas international services from Bangkok and Singapore to Australia, and on a number of routes on the airline’s domestic network.

The announcement follows a recent codeshare agreement with China Southern and new premium lounges in Singapore (April 2013) and Hong Kong (March 2014).