Emirates will seek to extend its partnership with Qantas in 2013 beyond the initial five-year period, Emirates’ president Tim Clark has told the publication Gulf News Aviation.
“I see no reason why we won’t continue with the arrangement,” Clark said.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) approved Emirates’ extensive alliance with Qantas, which includes revenue pooling, for five years in 2013. The airlines had sought a 10-year pact.
Emirates is now operating close to the maximum number of flights it is allowed to run between Australia and Dubai. Clark says he is keen to fly more A380s on the route. That would boost Emirates’ seat capacity without breaching the ceiling on the number of flights.
Qantas flies twice-daily A380 services to London from Sydney and Melbourne via Dubai, having switched hubs from Singapore to Dubai with the launch of the Emirates alliance in 2013.
The deal gives Emirates access to about 50 points in Australia through the Qantas domestic network, while Qantas gets to connect onto Emirates flights to more than 70 destinations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
“It’s doing really well at the moment,” Clark told Gulf News Aviation. “We’re filling our aeroplanes up, they’re filling our [aeroplanes and] we’re putting a lot on their domestic network.”
Clark believes that any extension of the deal will be a simple formality.
“As long as Alan Joyce is there and I’m here at Emirates and the Emirates team is working closely together with Qantas, it will just be a continuation,” he said, adding that the partnership was “really good for both companies”.
Written by : Peter Needham