Qantas and Emirates has entered into a new
global aviation partnership.
Under the agreement signed this
morning by Emirates President Tim Clark and Qantas Group CEO Alan
Joyce, Qantas will move its hub for European flights to Dubai and
enter an extensive commercial relationship with Emirates.
10-year partnership will go beyond codesharing and includes
integrated network collaboration with coordinated pricing,
sales and scheduling as well as a benefit-sharing model. Neither
airline will take equity in the other.
Qantas will launch
A380 services from both Sydney and Melbourne to London via
Dubai, meaning that together Emirates and Qantas will offer 98
weekly services between Australia and Dubai.
Qantas will be the
only other airline operating to Terminal 3 and the new
purpose-built A380 concourse at Dubai International Airport.
The partnership will give Qantas customers one-stop access to more
than 70 Emirates destinations in Europe, the Middle East and
Africa. For Emirates customers it will open up Qantas’ Australian
domestic network of more than 50 destinations and 5,000 flights
The carriers will also coordinate on their services
between Australia and New Zealand and services between Australia
and South East Asia.
The Emirates and Qantas frequent flyer
programs will be aligned, giving customers expanded opportunities
to earn and redeem points.
Emirates and Qantas will provide
reciprocal access to tier status benefits including end-to-end
customer recognition, lounge access, priority check-in and
boarding and other exclusive services.
Qantas Group CEO Alan
Joyce said the partnership would deliver unprecedented benefits to
Qantas customers and mark a decisive step forward in the
“Emirates is the ideal partner for Qantas,”
Mr Joyce said. “It has a wonderful brand, a modern fleet, an
uncompromising approach to quality and it flies to the A-list of
international destinations. This is the most significant
partnership the Qantas Group has ever formed with another airline,
moving past the traditional alliance model to a new level. It
will deliver benefits to all parts of the group ... As the
world’s largest international airline, with a network that
perfectly complements our own, Emirates will help us give our
customers across Australia a dramatically expanded range of travel
airlines will submit an application for interim authorisation to
the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in
order to begin commercial planning. Subject to regulatory
approval, it is anticipated that the partnership will commence
in April 2013.
Broader Qantas Network Changes
restructure its Asian network to strengthen its focus on services
to and within the region.
“We currently have an Asian flying
schedule based on travelling via Asia to Europe,” Mr Joyce said.
“But our Australian business customers want better access to
Asia, and we have been looking to address this for some time.”
“With European services transiting through Dubai, Qantas’ Asian
services will no longer be a subsidiary of the ‘Kangaroo Route’. Instead they will be dedicated to connecting Australians
with our region, and Asian visitors to Australia. We will increase dedicated capacity to Singapore and re-time flights to
Singapore and Hong Kong to enable more ‘same day’ connections
across Asia. We believe this will significantly improve the
economics of our Asian operations.”
Qantas will also
withdraw from the Singapore-Frankfurt route. While this service
has been underperforming for some time, and withdrawal was
inevitable, the partnership with Emirates will enable it to take
place with minimal impact on Qantas customers.
IAG and Qantas to Terminate Joint Business.
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