Islam: pork and alcohol banned on Dubai-bound Qantas flights

Accord of Australian carrier with Air Emirates on hub for Europe

10 April, 10:53

    (ANSAmed) - SYDNEY, APRIL 10 - Australia is divided over the consequences of a recent commercial agreement between national air carrier Qantas and Air Emirates. Qantas has moved its hub for Europe-bound flights from Singapore to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, ending a 17-year partnership with British Airways on connections between Great Britain and Australia.

    As a consequence, Qantas had to remove all pork products from its menus and alcohol beverages, prohibited in Islam. It also introduced a typical Middle Eastern dish.

    A spokesman for the CEO of Qantas, Alan Joyce, said the controversial decision to ban pork had a minimum impact on menus offered on flights, which often reflect the cultural influences of international destinations.

    The agreement with Emirates includes the abolition of flights from Australia to Frankfurt and shared frequent-flyer miles. There will also be daily connections, served by Airbus 380 planes, between Melbourne and Sydney and London through Dubai.

    The 10-year accord is part of a plan to re-launch Qantas which in 2012 announced its first annual losses since it was privatized in 1995. (ANSAmed)
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