Qantas and Emirates will apply to extend their partnership for another five years, providing more options for customers travelling to Australia.

The key change will see the airlines better leveraging each other’s networks, by providing three options to Australia from Europe; via Dubai and Singapore, and direct to Perth.

From March 2018, Qantas will re-route its daily London to Sydney A380 service via Singapore rather than Dubai and upgrade its existing daily Singapore to Melbourne flight from an A330 to an A380. As previously announced, the airline’s existing London – Dubai - Melbourne service will be replaced with its direct Dreamliner service flying London – Perth – Melbourne.

This change will also see Qantas boost its network across Asia, providing UK customers with more options to travel to destinations in Southeast Asia serviced by the airline’s broader group network.

Customer demand for flights from London to Australia via Dubai with Emirates will remain well-served. Emirates will continue to operate 77 weekly services from Dubai to five cities – Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney – including seven daily A380 flights.

Alan Joyce, CEO for Qantas Group, said: “The first five years of the Qantas-Emirates alliance has been a great success. Emirates has given Qantas customers an unbeatable network into Europe that is still growing. We want to keep leveraging this strength and offer additional travel options on Qantas, particularly through Asia.

“Our partnership has evolved to a point where Qantas no longer needs to fly its own aircraft through Dubai, and that means we can redirect some of our A380 flying into Singapore and meet the strong demand we’re seeing in Asia.

“Improvements in aircraft technology means our network will eventually feature a handful of direct routes between Europe and Australia, but this will never overtake the sheer number of destinations served by Emirates and that’s why Dubai will remain an important hub for our customers.”

The airlines will shortly seek re-authorisation from relevant regulators and tickets for new services will be available from September.

Customers with existing bookings impacted by the changes will be re-accommodated onto the airlines’ new services or will be given the option to change their flights.

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