So a deal with Emirates appears to be ‘done’ for code sharing. But let’s face it – this is still fluffing around at the margin. Qantas international is loss making and has an aging fleet. But Qantas cancelled a fleet upgrade earlier this month. So Qantas International will keep grinding on with high cost fleet and a long, stringy international network. Perhaps it is time for the government to amend the Qantas Sale Act, allow the airline to split into two, and allow another airline to buy Qantas International. This will probably improve service and reduce cost – benefitting the Australian consumer. And, given its brand value, the Flying Kangaroo will probably still be seen. And it will still be as Australian as Vegemite.
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