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Qantas could resume flights to cities such as Frankfurt, Rome and Paris with its fleet of Boeing 787-9 aircraft while using Dubai as a Dreamliner springboard between Australia and Europe.
As part of an expanded alliance between Qantas and Emirates, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce met with Emirates President Tim Clark last week to “map the way forward over the next three [to] five years”, Gulf News reports.
While Qantas ceased flying from Sydney to Frankfurt in 2013 and wound up its codeshare partnerships with Cathay Pacific to Rome and with Air France to Paris, Australian Business Traveller understands the current agreement with Emirates allows for the Roo’s return to continental Europe using Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
After years of delays and deliberation, Qantas firmed up its order for eight of the long-range Boeing 787-9s with delivery from 2017, in addition to purchase rights and options for 45 more: paving the way for a number of new routes while also strengthening existing ones.
Joyce has also played up Perth as a launching pad for non-stop flights into Europe – with the airline successfully running a one-off, direct Perth-Istanbul service earlier this year – but noted that “a seamless domestic to International transfer was essential for the hub operation”.
“That will become a reality early in the next decade when Qantas’s domestic operations move to the international side of the airport” reported The West Australian.
Meanwhile, Emirates is bullish on expanding its own flights between Australia and Dubai with Clark sharing that “Sydney, Melbourne and Perth are going to be primary areas,” but that Darwin, Cairns, Broome and even Alice Springs were possibilities for new routes from Dubai.
“Growth in our particular market is unabated – as I said, we will look at everything,” Clark added.
Neither Broome nor Alice Springs are currently home to international flights, although Darwin and Cairns are already connected to Asia with airlines such as Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, China Eastern and China Southern serving one port or the other.
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