Qantas says it hopes to return its QF code to Emirates flights shortly, in a move which would let those still travelling earn a full serve of Qantas Points and status credits when travelling with Emirates.
Qantas QF8xxx flight numbers have appeared against Emirates flights since the two airlines launched their partnership in April 2013, but were pulled as the coronavirus pandemic decimated the bulk of international travel.
A spokeswoman for Qantas tells Executive Traveller that "n the current environment with so much change, we are just waiting for the Emirates network to stabilise before publishing our codeshare flights. We expect to publish shortly."
Emirates currently offers weekly flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane to Dubai, which is once again open for transit passengers to continue their journey.
Despite the lack of a Qantas-Emirates codeshare, eligible Qantas Frequent Flyer members can continue to access Emirates lounges as before – including at Dubai's Terminal 3 Concourse B – although they'll notice a few changes.
There's now reduced capacity and increased space between each occupied seat, to encourage social distancing. Masks are mandatory in the lounge as well as in the airport, while Emirates lounge staff wear personal protective equipment.
Food in the lounge is now served in hygienically sealed meal boxes, including vegetarian options, instead of a buffet offering.
Complimentary beverages, including spirits, will be offered in single serve bottles, although wine and champagne, which are usually served from shared bottles, will be temporarily unavailable.