The new partnership between Emirates and Qantas has been cleared by Australian regulators to start operating from 31 March.
The ACCC granted interim approval for the partnership in January, enabling the two airlines to coordinate pricing, schedules and capacity in advance of the final decision.
The new partnership means the end of Qantas’ 17-year joint business with British Airways from 31 March, and sees Qantas shift its hub for European flights from Singapore to Dubai from April.
As part of the approval of the partnership, the two carriers have committed to maintain at least their current levels of capacity on the four routes that both airlines fly between Australia and New Zealand.
Both Qantas and Emirates have unveiled a series of new customer initiatives ahead of the launch of the partnership.
From 1 April Qantas will introduce a complimentary chauffeur drive service for business and first class passengers on selected long-haul routes including the London-Sydney service, and the carrier is also rolling out a new business class turn-down service.
Meanwhile Emirates has added a new Platinum tier to its Skywards loyalty scheme, mirroring the top tier of Qantas’s Frequent Flyer programme.