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Emirates satisfied with Qantas partnership

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Emirates airline said its alliance with Qantas is working and helping the Gulf carrier to improve yields.

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"For Emirates, it's working. We are satisfied with this deal," Emirates chief commercial officer Thierry Antinori told reporters at the ITB Berlin tourism fair. He didn't want to comment on the financial troubles at Qantas but said that the partnership has increased the number of passengers flying business class with Emirates.

Under the alliance, the companies share some revenue, Qantas has moved its European operations base from Singapore to Dubai and Emirates is letting Qantas share its new terminal, which was for the exclusive use of its Airbus A380.

Mr. Antinori said Emirates had no intention of entering into a traditional network-sharing airline alliance, like rival Qatar Airways, which last year joined OneWorld. Antinori said it would require too much time and effort.

Mr. Antinori said Emirates would suffer an unspecified dip in revenue from the temporary grounding of 20 aircraft, or around 10 percent of its fleet, for 80 days from May 1 due to the planned closure of a runway at Dubai International airport.

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