Emirates keen to extend Qantas alliance to Jetstar Asia

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Emirates will pursue some form of cooperation with Singapore-based low-cost carrier Jetstar Asia in the second phase of its alliance with Qantas Airways.

Emirates' manager for Singapore and Brunei, Nick Rees, told Flightglobal that the airline sees benefits from working with the Qantas affiliate, particularly on its Singapore services.

"They're not part of the initial plan, but if everything goes well and we get all the approvals we need, we will be feeding into the Jetstar services in the future," he says.

Rees adds that an agreement with Jetstar Asia will be subject to it gaining approval from regulators for its alliance with Qantas, which is set to commence in March 2013 and will see the Australian airline move its hub for European services from Singapore to Dubai.

Emirates says that it will also work with Qantas as it restructures its operations in Singapore.

"We will continue to grow here and we believe Qantas is intending to grow their operations here as well," says Rees.