Qantas to up transtasman capacity as Emirates cuts back

Emirates eyes more NZ long-haul flights

E tu welcomes Emirates' exit from most trans-Tasman services

The new services will be operated with a mix of Boeing 737s and Airbus A330s, and will help to back-fill some of the capacity lost by Emirates' decision to cut its daily A380 services on the same routes. It flies its staff in and out of New Zealand.

"We're hopeful that as Air New Zealand and Qantas subsidiary, Jet Connect expand their trans-Tasman operations, the result will be more work for cabin crew based in Auckland". Customers flying between Australia and New Zealand, particularly business travellers, will benefit from the improved schedule choice.

The changes will "enable Emirates to reschedule its Australia flights to create a better spread of departure times throughout the day", the statement said.

The changes are part of the the pair's application to authorities in Australia and New Zealand to extend the alliance that was first struck in 2013 for a further five years, and which also cover previously announced return to Sydney-Singapore-London Heathrow flights and the start of Melbourne-Perth-London Heathrow Boeing 787-9 services.

"Reauthorisation of the partnership will allow us to leverage our combined network strengths", Emirates airlines president Sir Tim Cook said.

However, in late August, Qantas said it will stop flying its planes to Dubai as the Australian flagship carrier opted to re-route its daily A380 flights from Sydney via Dubai to London, also known as the "Kangaroo route", via Singapore's Changi Airport instead. "It will enable us to continue developing world-class customer experiences, and contribute to stimulating increased opportunities for global trade, tourism and commerce".

Emirates customers with existing bookings impacted by the changes will be re-accommodated onto Qantas services or will be given the option to change their flights.

The move signals Emirates' coming of age in the New Zealand market as it focuses on its own long-haul New Zealand to Dubai flights.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the changes reflected "customer demand, new aircraft technology and our respective network strengths". "That's certainly been true for the past five years and now we're evolving our joint network so we can serve them even better for the next five".

"By ending flights between Melbourne/Brisbane to Auckland, Emirates will benefit from reduced costs", opined Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at StrategicAero Research.

Tickets for Qantas' new Tasman services will be available progressively from tomorrow.

Qantas and Emirates began working together in 2013 in an arrangement taking passengers from Australia to Europe via Dubai.

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