Qantas and Emirates will apply to extend their partnership for another five years, making changes to reflect customer demand, new aircraft technology and each airline’s respective network strengths, a statement from Qantas announced on Thursday.
One of the key changes is the switch from Dubai to Singapore for the Australian airline’s trademark route from London to Sydney.
The statement adds that the adjustments announced will deliver financial benefits to both airlines, with Qantas estimating that the changes will bring about a net benefit of “more than $63 million from financial year 2019 onwards.”
Meeting in Sydney to finalise the extension, both airlines agreed the first five years of the partnership had lived up to the promise of serving their customers better, the statement said. Changes to the joint network are designed to reinforce this for the next five years, it added.
The new agreement will still provide customers with three options to Australia from Europe — via Dubai and Singapore, and direct to Perth.
Qantas will re-route its daily London — Sydney A380 service via Singapore rather than Dubai and upgrade its existing daily Singapore–Melbourne flight from an A330 to an A380. As previously announced, Qantas’ existing London–Dubai–Melbourne service will be replaced with its direct Dreamliner service flying London–Perth–Melbourne.
Customer demand for flights from Dubai to Australia with Emirates will remain well-served. The statement notes that Emirates will continue to operate 77 weekly services from Dubai to five cities — Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney — including seven daily A380 flights.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said in a statement that the changes represented an evolution of the partnership to deliver additional benefits for customers, including the millions of frequent flyer members of both airlines.
“Our partnership has evolved to a point where Qantas no longer needs to fly its own aircraft through Dubai, and that means we can redirect some of our A380 flying into Singapore and meet the strong demand we’re seeing in Asia,” Joyce said.
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