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Emirates and Qantas mark one-year anniversary of alliance announcement

written by australianaviation.com.au | September 20, 2013

A Qantas A380 at the Duba terminal following the first Sydney-Dubai service under Qantas's alliance with Emirates. (Gerard Frawley)

One year has passed since Emirates and Qantas announced their alliance, with both airlines reporting that they are realising the potential of the partnership.

In the four months between April and July this year, 850,000 Australians travelled to and via Dubai on Emirates and Qantas services.

“We’ve seen a huge growth in the number of Australians travelling to Europe via Dubai – especially to France, Italy and the UK, as well as a growing trend for UAE destination travel,” said Bryan Banston, Emirates vice president commercial operations, Australasia.

“Our customers have been quick to make the most of trialling both airlines’ services, including checking out our reciprocal lounge benefits and taking advantage of our seamless frequent flyer offering.”

To mark the occasion, Emirates and Qantas have today launched their largest joint commercial offer so far, releasing early bird airfares for travel in 2014.


“We’re really pleased with how well the Qantas and Emirates partnership is going – and based on bookings and feedback, so are our customers,” Qantas executive manager international sales Stephen Thompson said. “We knew we had the potential to do something that would have a huge impact on the industry, and we’re now seeing that with over half a million Qantas customers having travelled through Dubai.”

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Comments (3)

  • Ante C


    It’s great to see that both airlines are getting something out of this. This seems to be a game-changer for Qantas. I wonder what things will be like in five years time…

  • John Harrison


    Well I for one am glad to see its working out well. As much as its a shame Qantas has had to cut back its overseas routes, this way we still have a “Flying Kangaroo” with us for a bit longer yet. Well done to both parties.

  • Ray E


    Hopefully Qantas expand their network like they said they plan to and not let Emirates do the expansion( through codesharing) for them.

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