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Qantas-Emirates partnership reaches two-year milestone

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 2, 2015
Qantas aircraft alongside Emirates aircraft at Dubai Airport. (Qantas)
Qantas aircraft alongside Emirates aircraft at Dubai Airport. (Qantas)

Qantas says about two million passengers have flown on codeshare services since its global alliance with Emirates kicked off two years ago.

Moreover, the airline says members of the Qantas frequent flyer program have earned points on 1.6 million flight segments and flown about 16 billion kilometres on the joint Qantas-Emirates network.

Qantas sealed its partnership with Emirates in 2013, which resulted in the Flying Kangaroo shifting its mid-point stop for flights to Europe from Singapore to Dubai.

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Currently, Qantas serves London with a daily Airbus A380 service from Sydney and Melbourne and places its QF airline code on all Emirates services into and out of Australia, as well as from Dubai to about 70 destinations in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Meanwhile, Emirates places its EK code on Qantas 50-odd domestic destinations and trans-Tasman services.

Qantas International chief executive Gareth Evans said the airline’s customers have embraced the tie-up with Emirates.

“Customer satisfaction levels have reached record heights with a double digit increase in advocacy scores being received by international travelers as Qantas continues to develop its partnership strategy,” Evans said in a statement on Thursday.

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Emirates executive vice president and chief commercial officer Thierry Antinori said the two carriers had created the world’s most significant partnership between two airlines.

“Through this partnership we are providing more tourism to Australia, opening up trade opportunities and flying more Australians on our extensive global network,” Antinori said in a statement.

Emirates and Qantas cabin crew at Dubai Airport. (Qantas)
Emirates and Qantas cabin crew at Dubai Airport. (Qantas)

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10 Comments

  • Rodney Marinkovic

    says:

    Great story, from great QANTAS. Since 16 November 1920!. ALL WAYS WILL BE!

    From home of QANTASVILLE II. Serbia. Rodney, Son & Assoc.

  • Brendan

    says:

    Wonder if Qantas would do an experiment and fly a a330 onwards to London from Singapore or Bangkok to give the customers a choice of where the transit. Even onward from New York would be interesting.

  • Marc

    says:

    @Brendan

    1. Why an A330?
    2. A fully loaded A330 can’t do Singapore/Bangkok to London safely.
    3. Where/how does NY come into it?
    4. Qantas made the decision to switch from SE Asia to UAE for better code share connections into euro.

  • Craigy

    says:

    The agreement between Australia and the UK prohibits Qantas from flying from NY to London. I’m not sure but I think Qantas is prohibited flying from any US city to London

  • Mark

    says:

    Bring back Singapore!!

  • Tyron

    says:

    When will Jetstar enter the DXB mix with onward flights to Europe? Surely opening the UAE/Europe to the budget market is on the radar? EK currently hogs the bulk of traffic between Australia and the UAE so Jetstars entry to this market would balance the boat somewhat and open potential capacity into Europe

  • PhilC

    says:

    In an Ideal world QANTAS would ring back an Asian hub either Sing or BKK with either a 787 9 or 10 or 777x
    or A380 to the EU . Either that or transfer a 787 8 from Jet star into QF and renew flights Per Sing or Perth BKK then onto EU . . OR Perth BKK Then BKK to China ? That market is there . the A330 can connect domestic on carriage to Eastern states . Just a thought

  • James from Sydney

    says:

    Tyron you make an interesting point that I hadn’t thought of. I suspect Emirates view would be that the two airlines do not complement each other in terms of product and service which would be an issue for codesharing.

  • Mark

    says:

    In an ideal world Qantas would just offer us the choice of London via Singapore or Dubai, simple really. I know which option would have the bigger loads!!

  • Tyron

    says:

    James, I believe Emirates are already codesharing with Jetstar on selected routes that Qantas doesn’t fly ie BNE/MEL – CHC …Emirates pax are given complementary entertainment and onboard credit towards food and drinks. The system is messy and confusing, it also slows the in-flight service down and items on the menu are often exhausted. I’ve heard that QF is under pressure from EK to replace some key JQ routes with QF services to alleviate this issue.

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