Emirates and Qantas Tie-Up

Qantas A380 at Sydney

Qantas to Establish Dubai Hub with Emirates

With the proliferation of low cost carrier’s in the Australian market and the need for better Asian services, Qantas and Emirates have announced they’ll be forming a global aviation partnership to provide consumers a seamless Australian and International route network.

Currently, all Qantas European services fly via points in Asia such as Singapore and Hong Kong. The flights are timed for onward European connections.

Under the new agreement between Emirates and Qantas, Qantas will re-locate its hub for European flights to Dubai (DXB) and begin a commercial partnership with Emirates.

According to a joint Emirates-Qantas press statement, “The 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.”

As the “Kangaroo Route” to London shifts to Dubai, Qantas will end the Singapore (SIN) to Frankfurt (FRA) route.

New Qantas – Emirates Dubai Hub

Qantas will operate daily A380 flights from both Sydney (SYD) and Melbourne (MEL) to London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) via the new Dubai (DXB) hub. Qantas will share Dubai Terminal 3 with Emirares, a new terminal built specifically for the Double Decker Airbus A380, at Dubai International Airport.

The new Dubai hub will provide Qantas customers access to over 70 Emirates destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, with one easy connection in Dubai. On the other hand, Emirates customers will have access to Qantas’ Australian domestic network and the two carriers will also coordinate flights between Australia and New Zealand.

Dubai International Airport is a modern, well designed facility, and is internationally recognized as one of the best airports in the world. The facility is even well known for Dubai Duty Free shopping.

New Frequent Flyer Benefits and Partnership Benefits

The new partnership will provide new frequent flyer benefits with each carrier recognizing tier status benefits, as well as the opportunity to earn and redeem points.

Each carrier will provide reciprocal access to lounges, priority check-in, priority baggage handling, and other services to both Emirates and Qantas frequent flyer’s.

CEO of Qantas, Alan Joyce, said, “Emirates is the ideal partner for Qantas.” Joyce added, “It has a wonderful brand, a modern fleet, an uncompromising approach to quality and it flies to the A-list of international destinations.”

Joyce continues, “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.

“Together with Emirates, Qantas will provide a unique ‘one stop’ hub service, as well as deeply integrated frequent flyer and customer benefits.”

Tim Clark, President of Emirates, states, “The time was right to develop a long-term partnership with Qantas, the iconic Australian airline. Since our first flights began in 1996, Australia has long been a popular destination for Emirates leisure and business travelers, making it one of the top three destinations in our network.”

Clark continues, “By establishing this partnership we are providing our passengers with additional connectivity in Australia and the region, the ability to utilize reciprocal frequent flyer benefits and access to premium lounges and travel experiences.”

Regulatory Approval

Both Qantas and Emirates will submit an application for interim authorization 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.

Qantas International Network Changes

The new partnership will allow Qantas to re-time their flights to Asia for the business traveler. The shift of European flights to Dubai will allow Qantas to focus on flights connecting Asia with Australia.

With respect to Asian services, Joyce said, “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 remain a member of the oneworld alliance.

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