Emirates-Qantas alliance wins New Zealand nod
Dubai, May 15, 2013
The partnership of Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, and Qantas, Australia’s flag carrier, has won the approval of the New Zealand Minister for Transport.
The alliance 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.
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.”
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 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 four hours of landing in Dubai, a statement said. – TradeArabia News Service