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Emirates and Qantas Extend Joint Codeshare and Business Partnership Through 2028

Emirates and Qantas have extended their cornerstone joint business partnership through 2028, providing an expansive network and millions of reward seats for travel across Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the UK.


Emirates and Qantas Extend Joint Business Partnership Through 2028 - Courtesy Emirates

On Monday (October 4, 2021), Qantas and Emirates announced an extension of their cornerstone joint business partnership for another five years. Regulators have approved the partnership through 2023 and it will now be extended until 2028, providing frequent flyers of both airlines access to an expansive joint network and millions of reward seats for travel across Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the UK. The agreement was signed by Emirates’ President Sir Tim Clark and Qantas Group’s CEO Alan Joyce at the IATA annual General Meeting in Boston.


In Monday’s announcement, Emirates Airline’s President, Sir Tim Clark, said,


“The extension of our partnership with Qantas is testament to its success. It also reflects our commitment to ensure customers travelling to and from Australia, a market which we have served for 25 years, continue to have the best connections and frequent flyer benefits. Despite the challenges of the past 18 months, today’s announcement reinforces that Emirates is here for the long-haul.


“Our partnership seamlessly connects travellers to over one hundred destinations globally on our joint network, and offers a coordinated premium experience such as access to points and lounges. As borders re-open, we look forward to restoring our Australian flight schedules including our popular A380 services, and to welcoming customers to experience our best-in-class partnership for many more years to come.”

Also commenting on the partnership extension, Qantas Group’s CEO, Alan Joyce, said,


“This marks the continuation of one of the most significant bilateral partnerships in aviation. We called it ‘seismic’ when it launched in 2013 and it has been, especially in terms of what it’s meant for over 13 million people who have travelled on flights that form part of the deal. The premise of our partnership with Emirates has always been that no airline can fly everywhere but combined we can fly to most of the places our joint customers want to travel to. And that we treat each other’s customers as our own. We know the international aviation market will take years to fully recover so close collaboration between airline partners is going to be more important than ever.”


As part of the extended partnership, both airlines are making million of rewards seats available to frequent flyers for travel to over 100 destinations using their Qantas Points or Skywards Miles. Emirates guests will enjoy access to 55 Australian destinations not served by the carrier, while Qantas’ guests will be able to travel on Emirates to Dubai, with onward connections to over 50 cities in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa not served by Qantas.


Since 2013, over 13 million passengers have traveled on the joint network, with more than 13,000 Emirates’ customers traveling on Qantas’ domestic and regional networks weekly. Combined, the joint network includes over 100 codeshared destinations, including 38 in the UK and Europe , 55 in Australia and New Zealand, 13 in Africa and the Middle east and two in Asia.



Source(s): Emirates, Qantas