In 2003, Australia’s flag carrier, Qantas Airways,entered into a global partnership with Emirates Airline after sustaining massive losses as a result of Emirates’ predatory subsidized expansion. In the second half of 2013 alone, Qantas recorded more than 252 million AUD in losses.

As a result of these losses, a huge number of aviation jobs were lost at Qantas- including 5,000 in response to 2013’s record losses. The 5,000 comes after 4,200 had already been lost between 2008 and the early part of 2013.

A majority of Qantas’ routes are now domestic as the airline has turned much of its international flying over to Emirates.

In early October 2015, Emirates announced its plans to start serving secondary Australian markets as Qantas begins to adjust its European service to funnel travelers through Emirates’ hub in Dubai.

Learn more about the subsidized Gulf carriers:


Emirates, the national airline of Dubai, has collected subsidies from their government since 2004. Learn the different ways they have collected subsidies from the United Arab Emirates.

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Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways is the state-owned airline of Abu Dhabi. Take a guess, how much do you think they have received in subsidized support from their government?

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Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways never had to depend on profits to keep their airline in business. When funds are running low, they can depend on a check from their government. Who else is going to buy all of those A350s?

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