Friday, 7 September 2012

Emirates Airlines and Qantas Airways Announce new global partnership ©


                                                     
On Thursday 6th September Emirates Airlines and Qantas Airways formed new global partnership which has the potential to re-shape the airline industry. The 10 year extensive commercial and code-share agreement sees Qantas Airways transfer it's European flights from Singapore to Emirates Airlines Dubai Terminal 3 Hub and will co-ordinate networks in areas of FFP's, lounge access, pricing, sales and scheduling.

The two carriers will jointly offer 98 weekly services between Australia and Dubai four daily including four daily Airbus A380 flights, allowing passengers to connect to Emirates Airlines European route network of 33 destinations including Dublin. In addition, Qantas will launch daily A380 services from both Sydney and Melbourne to London via Dubai for a combined unprecedented seven daily A380 flights to London Heathrow.

Irish customers will benefit from Emirates Airlines access to Qantas Airways domestic network of more than 50 destinations and nearly 5,000 flights per week , and improved schedule to New Zealand to Auckland and Christchurch, as Emirates Airlines launches a daily A380 service on the Melbourne-Auckland route in October.

Emirates Airlines stated "By combining forces, both airlines will benefit from cost savings and enhanced economic efficiencies, including economies of scale and joint purchasing, which will contribute to optimising the operating performance of each organisation creating a commercial relationship that is a first in aviation history".

The airlines will submit applications for authorisation to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and other relevant regulatory authorities, in order to begin commercial planning.  Subject to regulatory approvals, it is anticipated that the partnership arrangements will take effect in April 2013.

                                                   

Emirates Airlines and Qantas Airways have set up a dedicated website outlying the agreement.

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Ryanair signs new 10 Year agreement with Brussels South Charleroi ©


                                                     
Ryanair signed a new 10 year collaborative agreement on Wednesday with Brussels South Charleroi Airport (BSCA) committing the carrier to operating at Charleroi till 2022 at least , according to Benelux media outlets, under the agreement BSCA continues to provide ground handling services to Ryanair.

Ryanair accounts 80% of total traffic with 15 based Boeing 737-800s operating 79 routes , in addition to Jetairfly (4 based Boeing 737s) and Wizzair.

Brussels South Charleroi Airport handled 5.901 million passengers in 2011 adopting 'managable growth' by utilising airport capacity in off-peak hours to cope with passenger growth. In April 2012, BSCA was voted “World's 3rd best low cost airport” and it is well known as The Friendly Airport.

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