Qantas and Emirates Set to Begin New Exciting Partnership

FirstClass is excited to introduce you to the world’s leading airline partnership – Qantas and Emirates.

This partnership, subject to regulatory approval, will create an exceptional network that will give Qantas customers one-stop access to more than 70 Emirates destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. For Emirates customers it will open up Qantas’ Australian domestic network of more than 50 destinations and 5,000 flights per week. The carriers will also coordinate on their services between Australia and New Zealand and services between Australia and South East Asia.

The 10-year partnership will go beyond codesharing and includes integrated network collaboration with coordinated pricing, sales and scheduling as well as a benefit-sharing model. Neither airline will take equity in the other.

The Emirates and Qantas frequent flyer programs will be aligned, giving customers expanded opportunities to earn and redeem points. Emirates and Qantas will provide reciprocal access to tier status benefits including end-to-end customer recognition, lounge access, priority check-in and boarding and other exclusive services.

It will bring together the unique advantages of both airlines, including two of the world’s largest A380 fleets, to deliver choice, frequency and the highest levels of comfort and luxury.

Qantas will launch daily A380 services from both Sydney and Melbourne to London via Dubai, meaning that together Emirates and Qantas will offer 98 weekly services between Australia and Dubai. Qantas will be the only other airline operating to Terminal 3 and the new purpose-built A380 concourse at Dubai International Airport.

Please note that there are no changes to flights prior to Apr13. If you have a flight booked for travel from Apr13 onwards to Europe or the UK, we will be in touch well before your travel date to discuss your travel options.