6-Sep-2012 10:11 AM

Qantas Group and Emirates announce 10-year global aviation partnership

Emirates and Qantas Group announced (06-Sep-2012) the signing of a 10-year global aviation partnership designed to provide customers a seamless Australian and international network with frequent flyer benefits. Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said under the partnership Qantas will relocate its hub for European flights to Dubai. The partnership "will go beyond codesharing" and includes integrated network collaboration with coordinated pricing, sales and scheduling as well as a benefit-sharing model. The airlines will not take equity stakes in either carrier. Qantas and Emirates will submit an application for interim authorisation to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in order to commence commercial planning. Subject to regulatory approval, the partnership is expected to commence in Apr-2013. Key points are as follows:

Qantas Group: "This is the most significant partnership the Qantas Group has ever formed with another airline, moving past the traditional alliance model to a new level. It will deliver benefits to all parts of the Group.... Together with Emirates, Qantas will provide a unique 'one stop' hub service, as well as deeply integrated frequent flyer and customer benefits.... The partnership delivers on all four pillars of the Qantas Group's international strategy," Alan Joyce, CEO. Source: Company statement, 06-Sep-2012.

Emirates: "The time was right to develop a long-term partnership with Qantas.... By establishing this partnership we are providing out passengers with additional connectivity in Australia and the region, the ability to utilise reciprocal frequent flyer benefits and access to premium lounges and travel experiences," Tim Clark, president. Source: Company statement, 06-Sep-2012.

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