ƒата: 27-03-18 17:31
Qantas and Emirates hail reauthorization of alliance until 2023
The alliance between AustraliaТs Qantas Airways and the UAE, Dubai-based Emirates airline was reauthorized by an Australian regulatory body for a further five years, subject to the condition of addressing continuing competition concerns on the Sydney (Australia) Ц Christchurch (New Zealand) route.
In separate press releases, both Qantas and Emirates have hailed the Australian Competition and Consumer CommissionТs (ACCC) reauthorization of their partnership until 2023.
The two carriers stated that the continuation of the joint business, announced in August 2017, Уwill deliver expanded services, greater schedule choice, increased frequent flyer benefitsФ for their customers.
Qantas International CEO Alison Webster hailed the ACCCТs move as Уan important milestoneФ in helping to deliver benefits for travelers and Australian tourism for the next five years.
УThe evolution of our partnership reflects changes in customer demand and will allow us to leverage the latest aircraft technology and maximize new routes,Ф Webster said in a statement.
EmiratesТ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Thierry Antinori also vowed to continue cooperation with Qantas, stating that the carrier looks forward to taking the partnership to Уits next phaseФ.
УOver the next five years, we will continue to work closely with our partner Qantas to deliver benefits for our customers, for AustraliaТs air transport connectivity, and for both airlines,Ф Antinori said in a press release.
Back in August 2017, the two carriers stated they will apply to extend their partnership for another five years, making changes to reflect customer demand, new aircraft technology and each airlineТs respective network strengths.
The key change was to have the airlines better leveraging each otherТs networks Ц Emirates with its Dubai hub and Qantas with its dominant position in Australia Ц by providing three options to Europe Ц via Dubai (UAE), Perth (Australia) and Singapore.
Qantas said it would stop flying to London via EmiratesТ Dubai hub when the alliance was renewed; its Sydney-London flight would instead stop in Singapore.
In October 2017, Emirates announced it will end most of its flights between Australia and New Zealand as part of the renegotiated alliance with Qantas, but keep a daily Sydney-Christchurch flight.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said at the time that the changes would allow both airlines to leverage their network strengths. ДYou can assume it is a win-win,Ф Joyce told Reuters. УWe wouldnТt be extending for another five years if we werenТt getting a win out of it and Emirates certainly wouldnТt be.Ф
In the latest press release, Webster commented: УWith three options to get to EuropeЕ and greater frequency across the Tasman, the ACCCТs decision allows us to continue to jointly provide the best network, the best service and the best frequent flyer programs for millions of customers travelling between Australia/New Zealand and the UK and EuropeФ.Key changes in effect from March 2018
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