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12 October 2017, 10:25 | Cesar Cruz
Emirates eyes more NZ long-haul flights
The daily Melbourne-Auckland and Brisbane-Auckland flights will be scrapped, but Emirates will keep its daily Airbus A380 Dubai-Sydney-Christchurch flights.
At the same time, the statement said Qantas will increase the frequency of its services between the two countries to provide wider choice across the Tasman region of New Zealand, by adding seven new return flights per week between Melbourne and Auckland and an additional two return services per week between Brisbane and Auckland.
It follows an announcement earlier this year by the airline to stop the Auckland-Sydney service.
The move represents a capacity reduction on the Tasman given Qantas operates a mix of Boeing 737-800s and Airbus A330s on its Australia-New Zealand services, which have fewer seats than Emirates' A380 flights.
"This also de-risks Emirates' exposure because in the past, it would have been directly competing with Qantas to vie for that same trans-Tasman and New Zealand traffic whereas now, they can hone in on operation synergies, reduce direct competition and harness the benefits of a more interconnected network where Qantas flies between Australia and New Zealand using their own airplanes", he added.
Following the latest changes, FlightGlobal schedules show that Emirates' only transtasman flight will be its daily Sydney-Christchurch services, which are operated by A380s.
Emirates has cut services from Auckland to Australia, but the gaps will be filled by Qantas.
Further, Emirates has also flagged more nonstop services between Dubai and New Zealand as part of its network changes.
The carriers say that the changes have been included in their joint submission to New Zealand and Australian competition authorities seeking an extension to their alliance until 2023. "That's certainly been true for the past five years and now we're evolving our joint network so we can serve them even better for the next five".
"Since 2013 we have delivered more choice and a larger network to eight million passengers who have travelled more than 65 billion kilometres on our joint network".
"It's been a very successful sponsorship for us over many years", he said.
Qantas had already said its Melbourne to London service will fly non-stop to Europe out of Perth on its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners starting in March, meaning the airline will not have any flights to Dubai.
"By ending flights between Melbourne/Brisbane to Auckland, Emirates will benefit from reduced costs while customers will be able to better and seamlessly connect on Qantas on journeys to New Zealand", said Saj Ahmad, analyst at London's StrategicAero Research.
Within five years Qantas expects to be flying non-stop from the east coast of Australia to London and NY having already begun talks with aircraft manufacturers to develop a plane with the capability to fly this distance.
Tickets for Qantas' new Tasman services will be available progressively from tomorrow.
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