Emirates sees potential to work with budget Jetstar

Emirates said it could work with both Qantas Airways main unit and the Australian carrier’s budget arm Jetstar as it seeks to boost services in the Asia-Pacific region.

By (Bloomberg)

Published: Fri 19 Oct 2012, 11:52 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:09 AM

Emirates sees “a lot of potential” opportunities in working with Jetstar in addition to a planned pact with the Qantas unit, Anand Lakshminarayanan, vice president for route planning, said at the Aviation Outlook Asia conference in Singapore on Thursday. Discussions with the carrier can’t begin until the Qantas accord receives regulatory approval, he said.

The Qantas venture will help Dubai-based Emirates cut costs and let it add capacity in Australia without hitting a limit on international flight rights, Lakshminarayanan said. Qantas agreed to the pact in September, ditching a 17-year accord with British Airways, in a bid to end losses on international routes.

Qantas will shift its European hub to Dubai from Singapore under the accord, which is due to come into effect in April. Working with Emirates will let the Australian carrier add more than 60 one-stop destinations to its network. Emirates will gain access to Qantas’s domestic network covering more than 50 destinations. Emirates is also open to partnerships with other carriers, Lakshminarayanan said. Nothing is imminent, he said.

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