New Zealanders will soon be flying high on the Qantas Emirates partnership once the joint network bookings open from the 14th of August, 2013. Fares will be aligned, frequent flyer benefits will be taken across and the airlines will be having a codeshare arrangement making it easier for flyers from New Zealand to get access to one of the finest experiences in air travel in the world.
Incidentally, the Qantas Emirates joint network with their hub of operation in Dubai will make New Zealand a part of their global operation stretching from Australia & New Zealand to Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and the UK. Service-wise the joint network will be operating some 130 services over the week connecting Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown to the eastern seaboard cities in Australia and then onward to around 65 cities in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. The current capacity that both the networks have for the trans-Tasman flights have been guaranteed as a part of the regulatory approvals.
Current trans-Tasman flights operated by Qantas use a dedicated fleet of the next generation Boeing 737-800s while Emirates use the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777.
Speaking on the occasion, Qantas’ Executive Manager, International Sales, Stephen Thompson, mentioned that it is indeed great news for travellers in New Zealand as well as for the local travel businesses. He added that New Zealand has always been an important part of the joint Qantas – Emirates agenda and post the receipt of government approval the joint team has been working hard to bring their service offerings to New Zealand travellers.
Mr. Thompson also added that starting mid-August, New Zealand travellers will be able to take advantage of the service offerings of the joint Qantas Emirates network, ranging from world class lounges and frequent flyer mileage programs, apart from the obvious advantage of a vast network of destinations that they can now opt to fly to riding on this amazing combined international coverage.
The combined network and the increased trans-Tasman schedule will usher in a new wave of tourism for the local businesses as both networks are promoting New Zealand’s amazing range of tourism destinations globally. Wellington and Queenstown are two particular destinations that will be benefited immensely from this new partnership as these are traditionally served by Qantas and will now be, for the first time, offered by Emirates to its global network.
Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations East for Emirates, Barry Brown mentioned, ‘the trans-Tasman link is a key piece of the Emirates-Qantas jigsaw and further strengthens what we can deliver to passengers under the partnership.’
He added that as a result of the joint network, they will be able to provide services from Wellington and Queenstown apart from Auckland and Christchurch. The weekly departures from New Zealand will rise from the current 28 to 140 connecting 55 points in Australia and to the hub in Dubai.
Travellers from New Zealand will be privy to the following additional service offerings when they book their flight on the Qantas Emirates network –
- Earn Frequent Flyer or Skywards points when flying with either airline on the joint network.
- Redeem existing Qantas Frequent Flyer or Emirates Skywards points for flights to 175 destinations worldwide, on both airlines, including trans-Tasman services.
- Lounge access for eligible Qantas and Emirates passengers into either airline’s network of lounges in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and the UK and Europe.
- Reciprocal status recognition for frequent flyers (e.g. priority check-in for Qantas Gold Frequent Flyers when flying Emirates).
- Harmonised baggage policies, including a 30kg allowance for economy passengers.
- Door-to-door chauffeur drive service for Business and First passengers on flights over 12 hours long**.
- Access to the world’s largest joint fleet of A380s. The ability to book any Emirates-operated trans-Tasman flight under a ‘QF’ code and vice versa.
* Subject to regulatory approval
** Must connect to a flight over 12 hours in duration