Trans-Tasman travel is at the centre of details to have emerged from the proposed five-year extension between Qantas and Emirates.
As part of the ‘enhanced trans-Tasman connectivity’, Emirates has pulled the plug on Auckland flights through Melbourne and Brisbane, effective March 2018, and will focus instead on its non-stop Auckland-Dubai services.
The airline is also mulling new direct services between New Zealand and Dubai.
Additionally, Emirates will reschedule its Australia flights “to create a better spread of departure times throughout the day”, promising customers improved onward connections out of Dubai.
For its part, Qantas will up flights between Australia and NZ, with seven new return flights per week between Melbourne and Auckland and two extra return services per week between Brisbane and Auckland.
With all new flights to carry EK codes, some of these services will be upgraded to feature wide-body A330s.
Reflecting demand and the carriers’ respective network strengths, the new enhancements promise customers greater year-round frequency and services between Australia and NZ, as well as more options for UK/Europe, Middle East and Africa-bound travel.
Business travellers will also apparently benefit from the improved scheduling.
“We are now enhancing the partnership to reflect customer demand, new aircraft technology and our respective network strengths,” Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said.
“The premise of the partnership has always been that we could serve our customers better together.
“That’s certainly been true for the past five years and now we’re evolving our joint network so we can serve them even better for the next five.”
Just over a month ago, Qantas revealed that it would be rerouting flights between Sydney and London through Singapore, instead of Dubai.
Tickets for QF’s new Tasman services will be available progressively from tomorrow.