Qantas Airways on Thursday signed a 10-year partnership with Emirates. The move ends the Australian airline's long-term relationship with British Airways, as Qantas tries to lift its struggling international division, according to The Associated Press .
Under the new alliance, Qantas will move its hub for European flights to Dubai from Singapore, and coordinate with Emirates on ticket prices and flight schedules, AP reports.
Plus, premium cabin passengers on long-haul flights will get exclusive chauffeur service before and after their flight.
"This is the most significant partnership the Qantas Group has ever formed with another airline, moving past the traditional alliance model to a new level," Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says in a press release .
According to the AP , Qantas in August reported a 245 million Australian dollar ($249 U.S. million) annual loss and blamed the result on rising fuel prices, a series of worker strikes and its ailing international division. It was the first time since Qantas went private in 1995 that the airline — nicknamed the "Flying Kangaroo" — reported a net loss.
"A key objective is to make Qantas International strong and viable, and bring it back to profitability," Joyce says in the release. "This partnership will help us do that."Page 1 of 2 | Next Page