TALKING POINT | This week sees the second anniversary of the Qantas and Emirates alliance – a partnership which represented a tectonic shift in aviation and reshaped the landscape for Australian travellers.
That historic hookup put Dubai at the centre of the Flying Kangaroo's international network, signalling an end to the familiar Singapore stopover en route to London.
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But it also did away with the time-consuming and expensive need to back-track from London into Europe on Qantas' previous joint venture partner British Airways.
The most trumpeted benefit of the Qantas-Emirates alliance was that it put scores of European destinations – including a half-dozen in the UK – just one stop away from Emirates' hub in Dubai.
“Together we are taking more people to more places, with Qantas customers now being able to access more than 70 Emirates destinations in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa" says Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans.
The move also opened up all of Emirates' flights out of Australia to to Qantas loyalists, who can book those flights under a QF number to earn a full serve of Qantas frequent flyer points and status credits.
Flashing your Qantas Frequent Flyer card also affords entry into most Emirates lounges (depending on your status).
Two years down the track, we'd wager that almost every Australian Business Traveller reader has had the opportunity to fly on the Qantas-Emirates network.
So it's time to ask for your experiences under the Qantas-Emirates alliance, how you view the hookup and how it's changed your travel habits.
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