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Qantas and Emirates make big changes on Tasman

October 12, 2017 Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

Agents are gearing up to handle ticketing and changes in relation to new Qantas Tasman services which will be available progressively from tomorrow, and changes to Emirates flights on the same routes.

Emirates customers with existing bookings impacted by the Tasman changes to be applied from next March onward will be re-accommodated onto Qantas services or given the option to change their flights.

In a statement issued yesterday, Qantas and Emirates announced the network changes under the joint partnership, which they said would provide customers with greater year-round frequency and more services between Australia and New Zealand, subject to the usual government and regulatory approvals.

Emirates A380

These changes “reflect customer demand and the airlines’ respective network strengths and provide more options for customers to travel between Australia and New Zealand to Asia, the UK/Europe, Middle East and Africa,” the statement said.

While Qantas may see its future in terms of hubbing in Perth and Singapore rather than in Dubai, its commercial pact with Emirates seems firm. The two airlines have just applied to regulators to extend their partnership until 2023 and to change the way they operate across the Tasman.

From March 2018 (which is when, incidentally, Qantas will start its Perth-London nonstop flights), Emirates will stop flying from Melbourne and Brisbane to Auckland and instead focus on its non-stop Auckland-Dubai service. Emirates will keep its existing daily A380 flights from Dubai to Christchurch via Sydney, and the airline is also evaluating potential new direct services between New Zealand and Dubai.

At the same time, in a move it says will provide greater choice across the Tasman, Qantas will increase the frequency of its services between the two countries, adding seven new return flights per week between Melbourne and Auckland and an extra two return services per week between Brisbane and Auckland. Some of these services will be up-gauged from a B737 to a widebody A330.

Qantas’ new trans-Tasman services will carry Emirates code “and will connect seamlessly to Qantas’ London services via Perth or Singapore and Emirates’ services between Australia and Europe via Dubai”, Qantas said.

It says travellers flying between Australia and New Zealand, particularly those in business class, will benefit from improved schedule choice.

The changes also enable Emirates to reschedule its Australia flights by spreading  departure times throughout the day, offering customers more choice when connecting and arriving overseas. The airline currently serves 38 European and 28 Middle East and North African destinations with A380 and B777 aircraft, subject to slot approvals.

Qantas B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft will operate non-stop Perth-London 

These latest changes are included in the airlines’ application to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and New Zealand Minister of Transport for the extension of authorisation for the airlines’ joint business for another five years.

The airlines’ joint submission also includes, as previously announced, Qantas’ re-routing of its Sydney-London service via Singapore rather than Dubai and Emirates’ new, fourth daily A380 Sydney-Dubai service.

Meanwhile, Qantas will upgrade its daily Melbourne-Singapore service from an A330 to an A380 from the same date (25 March 2018) that it starts Perth-London nonstops.

President of Emirates airline, Sir Tim Clark, said the first five years of the partnership with Qantas had been a success, and “reauthorisation of the partnership will allow us to leverage our combined network strengths to offer customers even more flight choices and reciprocal benefits for our millions of frequent flyer members.”

Qantas Group chief executive, Alan Joyce said the network changes outlined in the airlines’ submission to the regulators provided more options for customers.

“Since 2013 we have delivered more choice and a larger network to eight million passengers who have travelled more than 65 billion kilometres on our joint network.

“We are now enhancing the partnership to reflect customer demand, new aircraft technology and our respective network strengths.

“The premise of the partnership has always been that we could serve our customers better together. That’s certainly been true for the past five years and now we’re evolving our joint network so we can serve them even better for the next five.”

Edited by Peter Needham

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  1. AgentGerko says:

    Oh goody, I can hear the businessmen saying. Instead of my nice A380 flat bed Business seat with 48ins pitch and full Business service incl the on board bar, I can get to fly in a Qantas B737, with the same old Business seat I get on a domestic flight down to Melbourne, and what’s more I get to pay the same price for it! No wonder QF is “looking to upgrade some services to A330”. At least there are still flights with Air NZ and LAN that do offer an international Business Class product. Both QF and VA think that because these regional flights to NZ, Bali, Samoa, Fiji, etc are under 8hrs that people are happy to pay for an inferior Business product yet they boast about their wonderful Business cabins on the flights across to Perth.

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