In accordance with the Conditions of the authorisations below, granted on 27 March 2013, the ACCC commenced a review of those Conditions on 1 September 2015, to determine whether to require the Qantas Airways and Emirates alliance to increase capacity flown across specific routes between Australia and New Zealand.
On 7 September 2012, Qantas and Emirates applied for authorisation to coordinate their operations pursuant to a Master Coordination Agreement. Under the Master Coordination Agreement Qantas and Emirates will cooperate, for an initial period of ten years, on passenger and freight operations, including:
-planning, scheduling, operating and capacity;
-sales, marketing, advertising, promotion, distribution strategies, reservation priority and pricing (including fares, rebates, incentives and discounts) (for passengers, freight customers and agents);
-connectivity and integration of certain routes;
-codeshare and interline arrangements;
-control of inventories and yield management functions;
-frequent flyer programs;
-all passenger-related aspects to provide a consistent level of service to customers including ground services and lounge access;
-harmonising service and product standards;
-harmonising IT systems;
-joint airport facilities;
-potentially joint offices for sales activities;
-potentially other aspects of operations including ground handling, joint procurement and flight operations;
-where appropriate and mutually agreed, making joint submissions to authorities on operational matters;
-services and activities that are required to facilitate any of the matters referred to above.
On 27 March 2013 the ACCC issued a determination granting conditional authorisation for a period of five years.
The copy of the ACCC's determination is available by following the links below.