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British Airways and Qatar Airways plan a JV to Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth

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British Airways and Qatar Airways have submitted a request to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission to form a joint venture on nine routes to Australia from the UK.

Sydney is NOT included – I think both airlines know that such a request would be thrown out as damaging to competition.  Instead, it will cover the following routes:

  • Adelaide – Manchester
  • Adelaide – London
  • Canberra – London
  • Melbourne – London
  • Melbourne – Edinburgh
  • Melbourne – Manchester
  • Perth – London
  • Perth – Edinburgh
  • Perth – Manchester

What is a little odd about this joint venture is that British Airways brings virtually nothing to the party EXCEPT for its brand.  Apart from the BA flight to Doha, every other flight in the joint venture will be operated by Qatar Airways.

At present, anyone looking to travel from London to Adelaide would be routed on British Airways to Sydney and then onto a Qantas codeshare.  British Airways believes it can make more money by filtering passengers onto a Qatar Airways flight in Doha.  As this is a joint venture, rather than just a codeshare, British Airways should make more money.

There would be very little obvious difference if the joint venture was approved.  There may be some retiming of flights so that connection times in Doha are minimised.  British Airways Executive Club status members would receive a tier bonus on the Qatar Airways service from Doha, which is not currently offered.  Apart from that ….. little changes.

This doesn’t mean that approval for the joint venture is a given, of course, since it reduces competition into the four Australian cities.  It may also raise questions over the future of the British Airways Sydney service, with many potential passengers planning to connect onwards now siphoned off via Doha instead.

You can find out more on the ACCC website here.


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Comments (154)

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  • Harry T says:

    Once saw the GTSP guy call someone a wanker in the comments on his own blog.

    • Lady London says:

      I don’t see that blog much but have never seen Gilbert respond rudely unless sorely provoked. He has come up with many useful points of view, does some pretty honest disclosure and provides some interesting sets of articles that other bloggers don’t. For example his ’48 hours in’ series is always worth checking if going to a new city (or even a city you know) in case there’s something you’ve missed.

      Yes some of his headlines and coverage is a little more ‘breathless’ than is the British taste. But give the guy a break. He’s an American married to a Brit and adds more value in an honest way than many bloggers out there.

    • Shoestring says:

      Aussies & Kiwis call people a w***** at the slightest drop of a hat, I heard a mainstream radio jock calling a phone-in listener precisely that in Queensland, it has less sweary impact/ rudeness over there

  • jc says:

    OT Curve are now positioning the 1.5% HMRC surcharge as a feature, branded as “Curve Fronted” 🙂 https://www.curve.app/en-gb/curve-fronted

    • Brighton Belle says:

      This is as reasonable as putting a stone in my shoe and congratulating me on learning to walk with a limp. When companies hide behind spin they take us for fools.

    • Will says:

      If you disregard the fact that you could previously pay hmrc for free, it is a feature as it enables you to pay your personal tax bill on credit card which you otherwise cannot do and on commercial cards at a reduced rate.

    • jc says:

      I agree with Will. Makes a lot of sense if you were coming across it for the first time. Just a shame for those who enjoyed the free days

    • Riccatti says:

      And if you were the early Curve adopter, you would enjoy charging to Amex with no fees whatsoever.

      Last year Curve tried to re-introduce Amex, exactly in the same format as HMRC payments: subject to limits and Metal subscription/fees but Amex stopped that in its roots completely.

  • Hardpack says:

    And in the new ba app if you select reward flights to buy them, I get a German ba site not the uk version

  • TigerTanaka says:

    Good that you covered the new Teesside routes, up here we are very excited about LCY in particular. Let’s see what the fares are like…

  • BJ says:

    OT @Rob/Rhys, what’s happened to the Inverness articles, Courtyard not open yet?

    • Shoestring says:

      read that on my free access to DT / PressReader that I told everybody about & how to access for free themselves 🙂

      Not much to the story: it’s Revolut getting suspicious about money movements, acting fairly heavy-handedly in freezing a/cs (but they *have* to) and being pretty slow in resolving matters/ very poor customer support. The 2 main people in the story were moving £30K and £15K, arousing suspicions it seems!

      • Anna says:

        Dirk de Groot – that could definitely be a HFP moniker!

      • Brighton Belle says:

        I made a note of your info when I last saw it but the code 800***123 doesn’t to seem to work or at least I am inputting it into the Barcode field wrong

        • Shoestring says:

          BB I was out at our place in the sun in Oct & my usual code stopped working for me as well. Funnily enough it still works fine in the UK but no way am I deleting cookies/ history etc. 🙂

          To get it working again out in the sun, I googled images for [library card number] where some good folk stick up their library pass barcodes, after a few duds I got lucky pretty quickly putting in my new friend’s barcode on http://library.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspx

      • Don says:

        I can’t get a combination of 800147XXX where XXX is random numbers to work?

  • A270 says:

    OT: When you book a hotel room with Amex Platinum Travel (not a FHR one) do you pay full amount now? I am unlikely to be keeping my Platinum card by the time I stay but will have some other Amex.
    Also, do you get your hotel points of you book through Amex travel?

  • Don says:

    Revolut have told me tonight that they expect VISA to work from next week without a fee and no longer a money transfer.

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