On 13 October 2017, Qantas and Emirates (the Applicants) applied to the Ministry of Transport for re-authorisation by the Minister of Transport of their Master Coordination Agreement, pursuant to section 88 of the Civil Aviation Act.

The agreement was initially authorised by the Minister of Transport in May 2013, for a period of 5 years. If re-authorised, the agreement will allow the applicants to continue to cooperate across their global networks, including in relation to:

  • 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;
  • 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; and
  • services and activities that are required to facilitate any of the matters referred to above.

Application

Submissions

The following submissions have been received in response to the application: