Qantas and Emirates have announced that they will be extending their partnership by an additional five years. The two airlines made the announcement earlier this month with Qantas CEO Alan Joyce acknowledging that “The first five years of the Qantas-Emirates alliance has been a great success. Emirates has given Qantas customers an unbeatable network into Europe that is still growing.”

Joyce also announced a number of changes to Qantas’ Europe-bound services. These include changes in aircraft and aircraft technology, changes to stopover destinations and a greater focus on servicing the demand for routes to Asian destinations.

As of 25 March 2018, Qantas’ daily Sydney-London A380 service (QF1/2) will be routed via Singapore instead of Dubai and will replace one of their existing Sydney-Singapore services. One daily Melbourne-Singapore service (QF35/36) will be upgraded from an A330 to an A380. A second three per week service will be increased to a daily A330 service (QF37/38). Furthermore, Qantas’ Melbourne-Dubai-London service will be replaced with a direct 787 Dreamliner service departing from Perth.

Australian travellers are expected to benefit from the Singapore-based Qantas hub due to the airport’s proximity to other popular Asian destinations. This change also means that Qantas will be able to free additional Airbus A380 and A330 aircraft for flights to Asia to meet growing demand.

To service customers flying to Dubai and other European destinations Qantas customers will continue to have access to 77 weekly Emirates-operated services from Australia to Dubai, with onward connections to over 60 destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Of these changes Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airlines said, “Emirates has worked with Qantas on these network changes. We see an opportunity to offer customers an even stronger product proposition for travel to Dubai, and onward connectivity to our extensive network in Europe, Middle East and Africa.”

“Our partnership has evolved to a point where Qantas no longer needs to fly its own aircraft through Dubai, and that means we can redirect some of our A380 flying into Singapore and meet the strong demand we’re seeing in Asia.” Joyce added.

Joyce is confident that these changes will benefit passengers of Qantas-Emirates services by increasing choice, frequent flyer earnings and redemption opportunities.

Both airlines are also expecting positive financial returns from these amendments, with Qantas estimating a net benefit of more than AUD$80 million from 2019 onwards.

For more information about changes to Qantas-Emirates services please get in touch with us or one of our Travel Experts today. Travellers who hold existing bookings for flights post 25 March 2018 may be impacted by these amendments.