Qantas-Emirates tie-up poses many questions

Qantas has called a news conference for 10a.m. local time today (Sydney, Sept. 6), presumably to announce a code-share deal with Emirates.

This will confirm what has got to be one of the industry’s worst-kept secrets, but there are still many intriguing questions to be answered regarding this tie-up.

Among the major ones….

1. Which routes will Qantas be able to drop now that it can take advantage of Emirates’ extensive Europe network out of Dubai? (Frankfurt seems most at risk of getting the chop).

2. What exactly does this mean for the Qantas-British Airways partnership on Australia-U.K. flights (via Singapore)? The assumption is that most Qantas traffic to Europe will now move through Dubai.

3. What does this mean for the NZ-Australia market? Speculation has been that Emirates and Qantas will code-share on these very busy routes. Will either be able to cut back service? (Emirates will soon have two daily A380 flights into NZ).

4. Will Qantas be putting its own metal on the routes to Dubai? If so, when?

After the press conference, Qantas has scheduled a photo op at its Sydney airport jetbase. This is rumored to involve an Emirates A380, and reportedly Emirates canceled the Sydney-Auckland leg of an A380 flight today so the aircraft could be used at the event. I wonder where the pax were rebooked?

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