Qantas and Emirates compete for Kiwis with extra flights


Emirates says it is also looking at the potential of more direct, non-stop services between New Zealand and Dubai but does not elaborate.

The only Emirates trans-Tasman service to stay is the Christchurch, Dubai via Sydney.

Emirates will codeshare on the additional flights, but adds that it will place its focus on its daily nonstop services from Dubai to Auckland. The Australian carrier was keen to emphasise that the rerouting would not adversely affect Emirates or the carriers' relationship, with Qantas passengers still able to transit through Dubai by flying on Emirates planes.

Emirates will drop its flights to Auckland from Melbourne and Brisbane next year in the latest adjustment to its Australian operations, following the renewal of its partnership with Australia's Qantas.

Some of these services will be switched from a Boeing 737 flight to an A330.

Emirates is pulling back from flying some routes out of this country but says it remains committed to Team New Zealand.

Emirates' decision about its shorter trans-Tasman routes comes at a time when the long-haul routes from New Zealand to Dubai are close to being confirmed.

The airlines' joint submission also includes Qantas' previously announced re-routing of its Sydney-London service via Singapore rather than Dubai and Emirates' new, fourth daily A380 Sydney-Dubai service.

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The routing changes are part of a new five year partnership agreement signed between Qantas and Emirates, now awaiting authorisation from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and New Zealand's minister of transport.

President of Emirates airline, Sir Tim Clark, said the first five years of the partnership has been a success.

Tickets for Qantas' new Tasman services will be available progressively from 12 October, and Emirates customers with existing bookings impacted by these changes will be re-accommodated onto Qantas services or will be given the option to change their flights.

"Reauthorisation of the partnership will allow us to leverage our combined network strengths", he said.

The bosses of both airlines were in Sydney on Wednesday to sign the new agreement - that they say reflects customer demand, new aircraft technology and the airline's respective network strengths.

"It's been a very successful sponsorship for us over many years", he said.

More than eight million passengers have travelled on the joint network, travelling more than 65 billion kilometres.

On average more than 10,000 Emirates passengers have travelled on Qantas' domestic and regional services within Australia each month, increasing to 20,000 during peak periods.