Australia’s largest airline Qantas inks partnership with China’s Alibaba

Published on : Friday, August 11, 2017

QantasChinese travellers will now be able to buy flights from Qantas directly on the associated site, thanks to a partnership between Australia’s largest airline Qantas and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

 

The chief executive of Qantas, Gareth Evans, lauded the partnership, and said it will make the process of coming to Australia easier for the many Chinese tourists who would like to, and do travel there every year.

 

“With travel between China and Australia booming … (this) is an exciting opportunity for us to have a connection with younger Chinese travellers, who increasingly turn to mobile applications,” Evans said.

 

The partnership to create a strategic relationship between the two companies gives the world-renowned Australian airline access to over 507 million active mobile users of the Alibaba platform in China, with over 75 percent of those users aged 35 years old or younger.

 

Evans said his company plans to develop its presence in China even further, with the airline already operating more than 130 return flights between Australia and China every week.

 

“What we are seeing now is an amazing change within the Chinese tourists in Australia. We are seeing a far more sophisticated visitor coming to Australia than was coming probably two or three years ago,” managing director of Tourism Australia, John O’Sullivan, said.

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