Australia’s Qantas and Emirates Airline have made several network changes, to provide customers with greater year-round frequency and more services between Australia and New Zealand.
Starting from March 2018, Emirates Airline will no longer fly from Melbourne and Brisbane to Auckland, and instead will focus on its non-stop Auckland-Dubai service. The airline will retain its existing daily A380 fights from Dubai to Christchurch via Sydney, and will evaluate potential new direct services between New Zealand and Dubai.
Meanwhile, in order to enhance services across the Tasman, Qantas will increase the frequency of its flights between the two countries, adding seven new return flights per week between Melbourne and Auckland, as well as an extra two return services per week between Brisbane and Auckland.
The Australian airline’s new trans-Tasman services will carry Emirates Airline’s code, connecting seamlessly to Qantas’ London services via Perth or Singapore and Emirates Airline’s services between Australia and Europe via Dubai.
“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,” declared president, Emirates Airline, Sir Tim Clark. “It will enable us to continue developing world-class customer experiences and contribute to stimulating increased opportunities for international trade, tourism and commerce.”
Additionally, the changes enable Emirates Airline to reschedule its Australia flights to create a better spread of departure times throughout the day.
CEO, Qantas Group, Alan Joyce remarked on the changes: “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,” he concluded.