Emirates and Qantas have announced that the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has approved their proposed partnership today. The deal, that will last five years, will provide Qantas and Emirates customers with better flight connections across Australia and internationally.
The new partnership also means that customers of both airlines will be able to take advantage of improved frequent flyer benefits and world-class travel experiences. The decision has been made following a six month review process, carried out by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, which analysed the benefits the partnership would bring to customers.
“Qantas is an Australian icon and the future of its international business is much brighter with this partnership,” said Alan Joyce, Qantas Group’s chief executive. “Customers are already responding very strongly to the joint network that Qantas and Emirates have built, and to the frequent flyer benefits that extend across it, with a significant increase in bookings.”
The new deal will see the two airlines combine a total of 98 flights a week between Australia and Dubai, while Qantas will still operate its two daily services to London from Melbourne and Sydney. Passengers flying from Dubai will now be able to connect to 65 one-stop destinations in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
“This is a truly game-changing partnership that brings together two of the world’s best airlines and offers some of the highest quality travel experiences,” said Tim Cook, Emirates’ president. “Dubai is a leading global hub and through it, our two airlines will connect Australia to Europe, the UK and Northern Africa more smoothly than ever before.”