Aug 31, 2017

Qantas, Emirates to apply to extend commercial alliance

Qantas and Emirates are serving more than drinks at an A380 bar this morning

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

Emirates Tim Clark (left) and Alan Joyce briefly tending the bar on an EK A380

Qantas and Emirates are seeking approval to extend their powerful commercial alliance, and have called a media briefing at which to discuss this further.

This post will be replaced or augmented with details of that conference but not until the writer has an opportunity (on a different screen) to consult some other contacts.

It is likely that changes to the deployment of the A380s that Qantas operates through Dubai from Sydney to London may be canvassed.

Qantas has already decided not to continue with the Melbourne to London dailies with the big Airbus prior to the launch of 787-9 Dreamliner services from Melbourne to Los Angeles late this year, in advance of one stop London flights by the small Boeing twin-jet from Melbourne via Perth next year.

Last week Qantas said there would be further changes to its deployment of its fleet of 12 A380s on the occasion of its June 30 yearly profit results. The city focus for the QF A380s appears to include Hong Kong, where arch frenemy Cathay Pacific is vulnerable to lack of capacity.

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2 thoughts on “Qantas, Emirates to apply to extend commercial alliance

  1. [email protected]

    The city focus for Qantas is undoubtedly Sydney, especially for the A380.
    It looks like that is the only place in Australia that will see the big bird in Qantas colours soon.

  2. [email protected]

    Well, I spoke too soon there. Usurped by the news of a Melbourne to Singapore A380 service from Qantas, presumably connecting with the Sydney to London via Singapore A380 service.

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