Qantas, Emirates start ticket sales for each others' services

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Qantas and Emirates have started selling tickets on each others' services following the recent granting of interim approval for their proposed alliance.

Oneworld carrier Qantas says that it is selling tickets for travel from 31 March on Emirates services to Europe, Africa and the Middle East, while Emirates has started selling tickets on Qantas services to regional ports within Australia.

Qantas adds that since the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) granted interim authorisation for the alliance on 17 January, the two carriers have been working together to finalise details on joint pricing, schedules and loyalty benefits. Details will be announced in the coming weeks.

The two airlines are not yet able to coordinate their respective trans-Tasman services, which will be subject to capacity conditions set by the ACCC to ensure that there is sufficient room for more carriers to enter that market.

As a result of the proposed alliance, Qantas will shift its hub for European services from Singapore to Dubai from 1 April. This will result in schedule changes to its Singapore and Hong Kong services, on which the airline will make further announcements soon.