Good news for Qantas and Emirates


Qantas and Emirates have welcomed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s draft determination that proposes to grant authorisation for their partnership for five years.

The partnership will provide customers with an international and Australian network, and frequent flyer benefits. ACCC approval is required for Emirates and Qantas to co-ordinate on pricing, sales and capacity.

The ACCC has issued a draft determination, with a final decision due in March. The implementation of the partnership remains subject to the ACCC’s final determination and regulatory approval in other jurisdictions.

Since announcing the proposed partnership in September, Emirates and Qantas have started initial preparations that do not require regulatory approval, including connecting IT systems, designing frequent flyer benefits, and establishing an operational base for Qantas in Dubai.

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