Qantas and Emirates have unveiled plans to
extend their cornerstone partnership for another five years.
The key change will see the airlines
better leveraging each other’s networks, by providing three
options to Europe – via Dubai, Perth and Singapore.
will re-route its daily Sydney-London A380 service via Singapore
rather than Dubai and upgrade its existing daily
Melbourne-Singapore flight from an A330 to an A380.
Qantas’ existing Melbourne-Dubai-London service will be replaced with its Dreamliner service flying
Qantas customers in Hong Kong will now
also have the option to travel to London via Singapore, flying
Jetstar from Hong Kong to Singapore and then on to London on
Due to traffic right restrictions, Emirates
cannot code on Qantas’ Perth-London or Singapore-London service
but its customers can redeem frequent flyer points on these routes
as part of the partnership.
Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, said, “The first five years of the
Qantas-Emirates alliance has been a great success. Emirates has
given Qantas customers an unbeatable network into Europe that is
still growing. We want to keep leveraging this strength and offer
additional travel options on Qantas, particularly through Asia. Our partnership has evolved to a point where Qantas no longer
needs to fly its own aircraft through Dubai, and that means we can redirect some of our A380 flying into Singapore and meet the
strong demand we’re seeing in Asia. Improvements in aircraft
technology mean the Qantas network will eventually feature a
handful of direct routes between Australia and Europe, but this
will never overtake the sheer number of destinations served by
Emirates and that’s why Dubai will remain an important hub for our
The airlines will shortly seek re-authorisation from
relevant regulators, including the Australian Competition and
Consumer Commission, to continue coordination of pricing,
schedules, sales and tourism marketing, under an expanded
Tickets for Qantas’ new services via Singapore
will be available from the middle of September 2017.
with existing bookings impacted by the changes will be
re-accommodated onto the new services or will be given the option
to change their flights.
Key Changes in Effect
from March 2018
- The choice of three hub options between Australia and UK/Europe
– Dubai, Perth and Singapore.
- From 25 March 2018, QF 1/2 A380
service will operate Sydney – London via Singapore, replacing one
of the existing Sydney – Singapore A330 services. The second
Sydney –Singapore daily service will continue to be operated by an
- From 25 March 2018, one
daily Qantas Melbourne – Singapore service will be upgraded from
an A330 to an A380 (QF35/36), with the second three per week
service increased to a daily A330 service (QF37/38).
Key Partnership Stats Since its Authorisation in
- More than
eight million passengers have travelled on the joint network,
travelling more than 65 billion kilometres.
- Frequent Flyer
members of both airlines have earned and used points flying on
more than five million flights, travelling over 47 billion kilometres on the joint network.
- On average more than 10,000
Emirates passengers have travelled on Qantas’ domestic and
regional services within Australia each month, increasing to
20,000 during peak periods.
- Customers can access over 2,000
routes on the joint network.
- For Emirates customers, the
partnership opens up access to over 60 Australian destinations
that Emirates does not serve, and for Qantas customers, it gives
access to over 40 cities in Europe, the Middle East and North
Africa, not served by Qantas.
Together Qantas and Emirates provide customers with
more than 100 codeshare destinations including:
- 33 codeshare
destinations in Europe
- 60 codeshare destinations in Australia
and New Zealand
- 14 codeshare destinations in Africa and the
- 2 codeshare destinations in Asia.
Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, said,
“The Emirates-Qantas partnership has been, and continues to be, a
success story. Together we deliver choice and value to consumers,
mutual benefit to both businesses, and expanded tourism and trade
opportunities for the markets served by both airlines. We remain
committed to the partnership. Emirates has worked with Qantas
on these network changes. We see an opportunity to offer customers
an even stronger product proposition for travel to Dubai, and
onward connectivity to our extensive network in Europe, Middle
East and Africa. We will announce updates in the coming weeks. Customers of both airlines will continue to benefit from the
power of our joint network, from our respective products, and
reciprocal frequent flyer benefits.”
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