For a working example of how Emirates will gut Qantas take a close look at its upgrade to A380s from Perth next year
An incautious tweet from an Emirates executive has opened a fresh insight into how the Emirates-Qantas partnership (approvals pending) will perform part of the assisted suicide of the Australian flag carrier when the UAE airline starts converting its Perth-Dubai services from 777-300ERs to A380s from mid 2013.
Before the Qantas-Emirates Emiroo deal was accepted by Qantas in August Emirates had announced it would go to three times daily 777s on that route from the start of March next year.
But under the proposed partnership Qantas will no longer fly to London from Perth via a connection at Singapore when it shrinks its kangaroo route presence to daily A380s from both Sydney and Melbourne via Dubai from 1 April, gifting its rest-of-Australia lift on those routes to the Gulf carrier it was describing until late May in its lobbying efforts in Canberra as a monstrous government subsidised Arab carrier.
Qantas is already feeble when it comes to Perth international services, with no non-stops, or even useful one-stops, from the Australian resources industry capital to the PRC, or India, or Japan in its own right all the way.
But Qantas would now have us believe that those of its Perth customers who haven’t already given up and chosen to fly Singapore Airlines, or Emirates, to some of the most important destinations for WA business will from 1 April dutifully swop over to the UAE carrier.
The reason that Emirates can start using A380s on the Perth run from the middle of next year (when an A380 capable gate becomes available at the airport) is that it can top them up with the remnants of the market that Qantas has abandoned.
It is the same process that will see all current or announced Emirates flights from Australia to SE Asia, New Zealand, and Dubai, become A380 services within the next 10 years, by which time an even larger version of the biggest airliner in service is likely to be entering its fleet.
What is happening at Perth is a very good example of what happens when a well run carrier with geographical and financial advantages does a deal, on its own terms, with a poorly run airline full of excuses for not even trying to be the national flag carrier the Qantas Sale Act of 1992 expected it to be.