Qantas, Emirates gear up for trans-Tasman flights

By David Flynn, June 25 2013

Qantas and Emirates aim to extend their alliance across the Tasman in the coming months as the airlines launch shared routes and take on the incumbent Virgin Australia / Air New Zealand partnership.

Headlining the Qantas/Emirates push will be Emirates' A380 superjumbos, which currently fly from Sydney and Melbourne to Auckland – with Brisbane to follow from October 2 – offering true international-grade business class for trips over the pond.

(At a little over three hours, this is also one of the world's shortest Airbus A380 flights.)

Travellers will be able to book Emirates' trans-Tasman flights as codeshare services under Qantas flight numbers, resulting in a larger haul of frequent flyer points and status credits.

"As we’ve done in other markets, we’re in discussion with Emirates around aligning fares on trans-Tasman routes at the same time as setting up codeshare arrangements" a Qantas spokesman told Australian Business Traveller.

"We hope this will be completed in about a month or so."

Qantas is also expected to change its timetable for AU-NZ flights to avoid Qantas and Emirates flights operating around the same time, resulting in a wider spread of services throughout the day.

The move could also see new flights into other New Zealand destinations rather than overload cities like Auckland with too much capacity.

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David

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.

02 Jan 2013

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Only time will tell if QANTAS will actually aline their pricing with Emirates. Emirates seem to have competitive pricing especially when flying out of Auckland. Ive been able to get plenty of flights AKL - SYD, at a moments notice with Emirates for around $180AUD one-way, economy, QANTAS not suprisingly is usually 50% more for a comprable time.

QF

02 Nov 2012

Total posts 37

not on short noticebookings, ie next day

02 Jan 2013

Total posts 142

I was in NZ two weeks ago. Booked a flight with Emirates on the Wednesday, left Auckland on the Thursday only paid $188AUD while QANTAS were charging $330. Im not saying this happens all the time and yes there are variables but Ive never seen QANTAS be as competitive trans-tasman even when booking in advance. If the codeshare happens to lower flights from QANTAS's end, I'd be suprised.

J
J

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

24 Jun 2013

Total posts 5

I hope QF starts flying BNE-WLG again ..

21 Feb 2012

Total posts 40

Looking forward to flying FASAs on EK A380s as a good trip to enjoy First on the EK A380 as well as the First Lounge and the relevant Points/SCs.

Mal
Mal

14 Jun 2013

Total posts 360

So if QF says it hopes the QF-EK trans-Tasman "alignment" will be "completed in about a month or so", that means codeshares will finally up for booking from early August?

24 Jun 2013

Total posts 1

So if you want to fly Brisbane to Auckland on Qantas or Emirates at Xmas time, should you book now, or wait for the A380 flights starting October to be available to book and/or Qantas timetable change?

Mal
Mal

14 Jun 2013

Total posts 360

If you don't mind earning fewer QFF points and no status credits I'd book Brisbane-Auckland now with Emirates. If you want to earn the full bottle of Qantas points and status credits you'll have to wait until QF starts the codeshare on this route for the EK A380. Not sure how the BNE-AKL schedules line up right now for QF and EK so don't know how much QF might be likely to change theirs. Don't expect EK to shift their times as they are pretty locked into their A380 arriving at a set time from Dubai, then getting it to Auckland and back in time to fly back up to Dubai. I think any changes will all be to the Qantas timetable.

QantasFF Platinum

16 Feb 2012

Total posts 153

AWESOME News! Good fares is one thing, and schedule should also be interesting. EK has a great product and earning QFF points in codeshare arrangement is definately attractive.

I hope EK can rejig their timetable as well ....... at the moment, it is impossible to get early-morning connecting flight from ADL-SYD-AKL (or ADL-MEL-AKL) with EK on the second sector as the first ADL flight gets in without enough transfer time.

Same goes from on way back ........ EK flights departing AKL seem to be evening departures so limits domestic QF connections. Lets hope :)

17 May 2012

Total posts 81

SYD-AKL_SYD Business class on EK has been approx AU$1,400 for as long as I can remember. QF approx $2,000. Lets see what sort of alighnment takes place. I know what I'm backing and it's QF spoiling the party

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

07 Sep 2012

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QF would love to spoil this party willvill but I can't see it happening. EK have priced this route ultra-competitively since Day 1, and having close to doubled their available Business seats over the last 2 years, they're not going to increase their price by much, if at all, or they'll have a lot more empty seats. I fly the MEL-AKL-MEL route every few weeks and not once has Business been full since the A380 came into service.

Skywards Gold

21 Apr 2011

Total posts 54

Any word on if there is a plan to implement code share on QF operated services between AUS & USA? After the partnership, for those travelling to USA often there is little incentive to retain EK metain rather than switching over to QF.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Jun 2013

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I wonder if they will keep both the lounges in Auckland?? Emirates is amazing compared to Qantas. 

QantasFF Platinum

16 Feb 2012

Total posts 153

Donald - are you comparing with the normal Qantas lounge? Qantas also has First Lounge (to the left of the front desk) which is dated, but very well serviced. 

I havent been to the EK lounge in AKL and would be glad to hear of others experiences between the two.

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

07 Sep 2012

Total posts 151

They're not going to ditch the EK lounge in AKL. It's only about 2 years old and is the best one at  that airport IMHO.


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