As part of the expansion of its partnership with Emirates, Qantas could utilise its future Boeing 787s to fly back to mainland Europe via Dubai.
Speaking to reporters in Dubai on Monday, Emirates president Sir Tim Clark said he and Qantas CEO Alan Joyce had agreed to “map the way forward over the next three [to] five years” following a meeting last week. Part of the way forward included potential flights by Qantas on to continental European hubs and Emirates flights to secondary Australian cities.
“Growth in our particular market is unabated, [and] as I said, we will look at everything,” Clark remarked.
According to Gulf News, Clark said part of the original agreement between the carriers included a potential resumption of Qantas flights to European cities like Frankfurt, Paris and Rome once the flying kangaroo receives its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, which are due to be delivered by the end of the 2019 financial year. Qantas has purchased eight Dreamliners, and has the option to buy 45 more.
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Clark’s remarks echoed comments made by Joyce in June, in which he told reporters there was potential to launch additional services via Dubai once the 787-9s came into service.
While Sydney, Melbourne and Perth would remain the focus cities for Emirates in Australia, an expanded deal could see the Dubai-based airline launch services to places like “Darwin, Cairns, Broome, Alice Springs”.
“Look, there are lots [of possibilities],” Clark said.