Qantas and Emirates Partner Up

This image was taken in September 2012, when the partnership between Qantas and Emirates was first announced. (Qantas)


Qantas’ CEO Alan Joyce and Emirates’ President Tim Clark celebrate with Qantas and Emirates cabin crew and pilots at a press conference in Sydney. (Qantas)

Australian and UAE flag carriers Qantas and Emirates have signed a commercial agreement, forming the world’s largest airline partnership.
With no equity investment from either side, the ten-year partnership will “deliver the best in networks, frequencies, lounges, loyalty programmes and customer experience,” according to Qantas’ CEO Alan Joyce.
Pending approval by regulatory bodies, it was also revealed that from April 2013, Qantas will transfer its hub for European flights from Singapore to Dubai’s Terminal 3.  Approval is also being sought to integrate the carriers’ networks, with coordinated pricing, sales and scheduling and a benefit-sharing model.
The new partnership has signalled the end of 17-year-long joint business between British Airways’ owner IAG and Qantas.  IAG’s Chief Executive Willie Walsh commented:  “We’re ending the joint business on amicable terms and support Qantas’ decision to work with Emirates.  The world has changed since 1995 when the joint business started.”

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  1. Greatest news for commercial aviation in south hemisphere and the world. That is brightest news for people of QANTAS since they received A380, no doubt about. Needless to say, Dubai is unavoidable Hub for many decades in to future. Excading, Kangaroo ruth and future QANTAS Hub at mighty Dubai International! Again great approach toward first hundred years anniversary of QANTAS AIRWAYS, new partner of EMIRATES AIRLINES.
    Greeting to both partners involve in this bright move.
    Rodney Marinkovic, Aircraft Mechanical Engineer (ret.) Sydney-Australia / King City-Serbia

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