Australian go-ahead to Qantas, Emirates tie-up

Dubai: Qantas and Emirates in a statement on Saturday said they welcomed the reauthorisation of their partnership by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The agreement will last until 2023.

“We look forward to progressing on the plans that will take our successful partnership to its next phase. Together, we offer travellers access to even more destinations on our joint network, more convenient flight choices, and frequent flyer benefits,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.

“Over the next five years, we will continue to work closely with our partner Qantas to deliver benefits for our customers, for Australia’s air transport connectivity, and for both airlines.”

According to the statement, the continuation of the joint business, announced in August 2017, will deliver expanded services, greater schedule choice, increased frequent flyer benefits and an ongoing commitment to the development of world class products and travel experiences.

“The ACCC’s reauthorisation of our joint business is an important milestone in helping us continue deliver benefits for travellers and Australian tourism for the next five years,” said Qantas International CEO Alison Webster.

“The evolution of our partnership reflects changes in customer demand and will allow us to leverage the latest aircraft technology and maximise new routes.”

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