While a final decision on the alliance is not expected to be made until March, 2013, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have stated that the benefits of the tie-up would far outweigh any reduction in competition. Such benefits include the ability to co-ordinate ticket prices and schedules.
"The ACCC considers that the alliance is likely to result in material, although not substantial, benefits to Australian consumers," ACCC chairman Rod Sims said in a statement. "The main benefit arising from the alliance is an improved product and service offering by the two airlines to their customers.”
Qantas is seeking the alliance as it aims to turnaround its loss-making international service. The tie-up with Emirates will see Qantas end its existing relationship with British Airways.