As Virgin Australia and Etihad praise their “profitable” alliance, Qantas has confirmed it could be looking to establish a presence in the UAE, entering partnership talks with local carrier, Emirates.
Following days of speculation, the Australian flag carrier said in a statement new alliances were part of its five-year growth strategy and was currently in the midst of “discussions with a number of airlines”.
“At any one time Qantas may be in contact with a wide range of companies about potential commercial cooperation,” the carrier noted as it confirmed Emirates to be one of the businesses.
The possible new partnership would build competition between the UAE and Australia, particularly for the Australian flag carrier’s local competitor, Virgin Australia.
Earlier this month, Virgin’s chief executive John Borghetti told media that the agreement with Etihad had exceeded expectations, after reaching set goals over the past three years, News.com.au reported.
"In fact, it’s almost trebled, so it’s been a very beneficial relationship, as have the other relationships we have," Mr Borghetti said.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J