Qantas to End Partnership with British Airways, Join with Emirates
Australian flag carrier Qantas announced that it will end a 17 year partnership with British Airways as the airline forms a new one with Emirates.
Qantas and Dubai-based Emirates entered into ten-year agreement that will integrate operations, from network collaboration to pricing and scheduling as well as benefit sharing. The most notable change for Qantas flyers will be the shift of the airline’s hub for international flights to Dubai, a change that promises to add over 70 one-stop destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Qantas’ relationship with the International Aviation Group’s British Airways is ending amicably according to IAG CEO Willie Walsh. Both carriers will continue cooperating as members of the oneworld alliance. This news follows Qantas’ recent financial results, where losses from international operations resulted in cancellation of 35 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.
The partnership with British Airways will officially cease March 31, 2013 as the new one with Emirates will take effect in April.