Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said (28-Nov-2012) the carrier is “doing everything permitted to us to get ready for an April  launch” of its partnership with Emirates, despite not having regulatory approval for the deal. The deadline is “frankly a stretch timetable: moving a hub is not something major airlines do very often”, but the new Dubai and Singapore schedules are already in place. Mr Joyce said over 2013, he will lead the continuing Qantas transformation process and the airline will be “vigorously protecting our domestic interests”. [more - original PR]
Qantas pressing to meet Apr-2013 deadline for Emirates deal
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