Qantas Airways signs 10 year partnership deal with rival Emirates Airlines
Australia’s flag carrier Qantas Airways recently announced it has entered into a 10 year partnership deal with its rival Middle East carrier Emirates Airlines. The pact between the two carriers is however subject to regulatory approval.
The new alliance with Emirates culminated in the ending of a long-term relationship with British Airways. The airline will fold up its 17-year-old partnership with British Airways on March 31, 2013.
The airline in a statement said that it signed the partnership pact with Emirates to give a boost to its ailing international division.
Qantas Airways stated that its hub for European flights will now be moved from Singapore to Dubai. Apart from this, the airline will coordinate on the sale of air tickets and finalizing its prices with Emirates Airlines.
According to the airline, the partnership deal is due to take effect from April 2013 after the long-term association with British Airways finally ends. Both the carriers – Qantas Airways and Emirates Airlines – will also jointly finalize flight scheduling as well as benefit-sharing model.
Qantas Airways and Emirates Airlines would jointly conduct 98 weekly flights operations between Australia and Dubai. This also includes four Airbus A380 flights on a daily basis.