Qantas-Emirates alliance may be enhanced

Jetstar Asia could soon commit to codeshare deal with Emirates: report.

Meetings between Qantas Airways (QAN) and Emirates Airline this week may have paved the way for Jetstar Asia to become more involved in the pair’s alliance, according to The Australian Financial Review.

Currently Jetstar Asia, jointly owned by Qantas and Singapore’s Westbrook Investments, has an interline agreement with Emirates but not a codeshare deal that would allow the latter’s frequent flyers to receive points on Jetstar flights.

Qantas would not elaborate on this week’s discussions but did hint at changes to the alliance, the report said.

“We’ve always said there is a lot more potential in this partnership, and that could include more routes and services across our respective networks,” a Qantas spokesperson told the AFR.

Emirates last year indicated it wanted Jetstar Asia to be involved in the alliance, saying it saw “a lot of potential” in such a deal.

When Emirates first floated the idea of Jetstar Asia ‘s involvement the company said it would wait until regulatory approval was given for its Qantas deal, which was awarded earlier this year.

Jetstar’s Australian operations would not be involved.