Qantas and Emirates will extend their partnership to 2028, making it 15 years since the two airlines joined forces – a period which briefly saw Qantas move its Kangaroo Route stopover from Singapore to Dubai.
The gleaming city in the sand isn't making a comeback for those Sydney-London or Melbourne-London flights, but the ongoing agreement continues to make Emirates' network of over 50 cities in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa available to Qantas travellers via codeshare flights.
The airlines say more than 13 million passengers have travelled on the joint network – amounting to over 87 billon kilometres – since 2013.
Qantas says that on average, more than 13,000 Emirates passengers have travelled on Qantas' domestic and regional services within Australia each month.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce and Emirates President Sir Tim Clark inked the deal at today's annual general meeting of the International Air Transport Association, held in Boston.
"This marks the continuation of one of the most significant bilateral partnerships in aviation," remarked Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce after his flourish of the pen.
"The premise of our partnership with Emirates has always been that no airline can fly everywhere but combined we can fly to most of the places our joint customers want to travel to, and that we treat each other’s customers as our own."
Joyce added that with the international aviation market set to take take years to fully recover from the pandemic, "close collaboration between airline partners is going to be more important than ever."
For his part, Emirates President Sir Tim Clark talked up the benefits for the Gulf carrier's passengers travelling to and from Australia, including "the best connections and frequent flyer benefits."
"As borders re-open, we look forward to restoring our Australian flight schedules including our popular A380 services, and to welcoming customers to experience our best-in-class partnership for many more years to come."