Sep 6, 2012

The kangaroo diverts to Dubai as Qantas, Emirates get cosy

Qantas has signed a 10-year "beyond just a code share" deal with Emirates. So what does it mean for travellers? More time in Dubai and a better deal for frequent flyers.

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

What the QFEK does this mean is the question for travellers after this morning’s broad outline of a 10-year “beyond just a code share” deal announced this morning by Qantas (QF) CEO Alan Joyce and Emirates (EK) president Tim Clark.

For Melbourne and Sydney travellers, Qantas’ daily A380 flights to London will, from April, fly via Dubai not Singapore, and offer a dramatic improvement in connectivity to dozens of cities Qantas never sold or only sold as time wasting connections onto British Airways services at London’s infamously dysfunctional Heathrow airport.

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3 thoughts on “The kangaroo diverts to Dubai as Qantas, Emirates get cosy

  1. Rooboy22

    add Northern Territory Qantas customers to that – at the moment we fly Jetstar to Singapore – and then pickup a Qantas flight. Smart travellers book flights from Singas – much cheaper than flights from Darwin. What are our options when this partnership comes into action??

  2. Gavin Moodie

    Thanx for this report. I didn’t bother reading any other report of the deal since I expected Crikey’s to be so informative.

  3. The Pav

    It’s incerdible that Qantas just writes off WA as a market.

    A strong economy, large migrant population often visiting home

    How much business have they lost?

    And Joyce says he’s a good manager!

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