15 May 2013
DUBAI, U.A.E., 13th May 2013: Qantas and Emirates have welcomed the New Zealand Minister for Transport’s decision to approve their partnership.
The partnership will provide New Zealand customers with stronger links to Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the UK, as well as frequent flyer benefits and world-class travel experiences.
Qantas and Emirates applied for authorisation of the partnership in September 2012 under the Civil Aviation Act.
Emirates and Qantas began their partnership on 31 March 2013 and celebrated with an Airbus A380 flyover of Sydney Harbour.
In welcoming today’s announcement, President of Emirates Tim Clark, said: “This is a game-changing partnership that brings together two of the world’s best airlines and offers some of the highest quality travel experiences.
“Dubai is a leading global hub and through it, our two airlines will connect New Zealand to Europe, the UK and Northern Africa more smoothly than ever before,” added Mr Clark.
Chief Executive Officer of the Qantas Group Alan Joyce said the decision was great news for global travellers and local tourism.
“This decision means that New Zealand consumers can tap into the lounges, frequent flyer benefits and destinations available under the joint Qantas and Emirates network,” said Mr Joyce.
“The partnership also opens the door to increased tourism opportunities for New Zealand, by making it easier for travellers across both Qantas and Emirates’ network connect more seamlessly across the Tasman,” he added.
From Dubai, passengers can connect to 65 one-stop destinations in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East (subject to regulatory approvals). Almost all of these connections to Europe and most to North Africa are available within 4 hours of landing in Dubai.