Qantas Won't Pursue Deeper Partnership with MAS

9th Dec 2015

Australian Qantas Airways is not looking into expanding its partnership with Malaysia Airlines, despite its Oneworld partner signing a code-share agreement last week with Emirates.

The new code-share between Malaysia Airlines and Emirates means MAS will cancel services from Kuala Lumpur to Paris and Amsterdam. This leaves only London as its non-stop European stop. Instead, passengers will have to use the Dubai hub in order to travel to the majority of European destinations with the Malaysian carrier.

On the other side, Emirates will provide its customers code shares on MAS flights beyond the Malaysian capital to other destinations in Asia.

At the moment, Emirates operates four flights per day from Dubai to Kuala Lumpur, while it also flies from Dubai to Melbourne as a part of its partnership with Qantas Airways.

The Australian carrier sponsored Malaysia Airlines into the Oneworld alliance and the two had plans to set up a premium Asian joint venture, with KL being the hub. Eventually, the talks led nowhere and Qantas pursued its alliance with Emirates.

A spokesman for Qantas said this on Monday:

"We are always looking at opportunities with our code-share partners, but there are no immediate plans to change our current relationship with Malaysia Airlines or fly into Kuala Lumpur at this stage."

The Flying Kangaroo does not offer any service from Australia to Kuala Lumpur or anywhere else in Malaysia.

This doesn't mean MAS is without plans to fly to Australia, however, as it continues talks with Emirates on whether their agreement should include services to Australia and New Zealand.

A spokesman for Malaysia Airlines said:

"The specific destinations and routes covered under the code-share agreement are still being determined."

However, the problem for MAS lies in the fact that, since it abandoned routes to Paris and Amsterdam, passengers from Australia will now have to make an extra stop in Dubai if they want to travel to Europe, which is not a perfect solution for them budget-wise.