Qantas eyes return of Emirates codeshare flights

Qantas has pulled its QF code off Emirates flights, but that's expected to come back shortly.

By David Flynn, July 9 2020
Qantas eyes return of Emirates codeshare flights

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.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

05 May 2016

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That would be a welcome move.

Still as QANTAS Double Status Credits do not apply on Emirates flights, QANTAS international flights would have been better, but this is the next best thing.


03 May 2013

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Why QF couldn't/wouldn't do this with already OW cousin Qatar is interesting.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Oct 2019

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The deal with Emirates was struck months before Qatar joined OW and you can be sure that Emirates will not want Qantas to be codesharing with Qatar.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Nov 2017

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Also it's well known in the media that QR and QF doesn't get along.
QF/QR co-operation doesn't extend beyond the Oneworld contract.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2014

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Not only lack of code share with QR but penalised SC and points earning on QR flights and many QF searches don't even enable Doha as an option!


19 Apr 2012

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Does Qantas have any traffic rights to Doha to offer tickets. Having Dubai and Doha so close together it makes sense to chose one over the other.

12 Dec 2012

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Yes, Qantas has the same traffic rights into Doha that Qatar has to Australia. Up to 21 flights/week.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Oct 2014

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With traffic virtually non-existent at both carriers, what possible benefit would QF gain in de-listing all QF/EK codeshare flights?

It seems to me that having to eventually resurrect all of these codeshares would be more labour and cost intensive than it would be worth, had they been left in place.

05 May 2016

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Flight cancellations and refunds would take time, plus with the large amounts of cancelled flights at the moment it would lead to refund delays blowing out even further than what they are already.

So once QF is satisfied there's likely to be a relatively low number of cancellations there's less problems doing codeshares again.

They may be waiting to see how the Melbourne lockdown progresses and whether other states return to lockdown before making a final decision. It's possible that codeshares could return for flights from Brisbane and Sydney, with Melbourne added back at a later date.

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