Qantas-Emirates tie-up OK’d by Australian Regulators

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SYDNEY — Australia’s competition regulator gave Qantas Airways and Emirates final approval Wednesday to form a five-year global alliance, with special conditions for flights across the Tasman Sea. Wednesday’s final ruling, which lasts for five years, also allows Qantas and Emirates to pair up on flights across the Tasman Sea, subject to conditions. They must maintain existing capacity on four overlapping routes to New Zealand: Sydney-Auckland, Melbourne-Auckland, Brisbane-Auckland and Sydney-Christchurch. Under the partnership, Qantas will use Dubai, rather than Singapore, as the stopover point for its flights to London. The first Qantas flight to London via Dubai departs on Sunday. - The Associated Press 11:57a.m. EDT March 27, 2013

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