Qantas to announce Asian route network changes by April

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Qantas will detail changes to its Asian route network before commencing its alliance with Emirates in April.

The alliance, which received draft regulatory approval in December 2012, will result in the airline re-routing its services to London to operate via Dubai, instead of Singapore, from 1 April. The Australian carrier will also codeshare on a number of Emirates services to different European destinations.

Qantas will make an announcement about its services to Hong Kong and Singapore before the alliance starts, says a spokesman. He declined to give a date on when the announcement will likely be made.

"At this stage, our focus is on moving our hub for European flights from Singapore to Dubai and getting regulatory approval for the agreement," says the airline.

A final ruling on the alliance is expected by the end of January, and in the meantime, the two carriers have already started working on connecting IT systems and other preparations for the alliance.

Qantas had previously said that it intends to retime a number of its services to Singapore and Hong Kong to provide better connections for passengers travelling to other Asian destinations with its partner carriers. These carriers include India's Jet Airways, China Eastern Airlines and Jetstar Asia.

Qantas will also work with Emirates on its services between Asia and Australia.