Over the Easter weekend, on Sunday, to be precise, Australia-based Qantas and UAE-based Emirates kicked off their historic tie-up with a flyover of epic proportions. Two Airbus A380s, one belonging to each airline, were flown in formation over Sydney Harbour.
Around 10:30 am local time, the flyover began, with the airplanes leveling off at an altitude 1500 feet above the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. The spectacular flyover was witnessed by members of the public throughout much of downtown Sydney, and was surely a spectacle.
Previously, Qantas and oneworld partner British Airways codeshared on Australian routes, with Singapore acting as a scissor hub for travelers between Europe, namely London, and various Australian cities. The new partnership, which utilizes Emirates’ base in Dubai, sees Qantas acting as the principal carrier on London – Dubai – Australia routes, while the Emirates network is used to connect passengers from Dubai to various African and European destinations. The enhanced tie-up means that 33 destinations are now within reach from Australia via the single stop in Dubai, a major increase over the five served from Qantas’ previous hub in Singapore.