Since the initial announcement, the Red Roo has gone about issuing notice that it'd be moving its Asian hub from Singapore to Dubai, where Emirates calls home. Since they didn't need the government approval to start flying to Dubai, they got things moving and shifted their Sydney and Melbourne flights to Europe through the UAE hub.
It's more than just routes, as the two airlines aligned IT systems, designed parallel frequent flyer programs and began setting up an operational base for Qantas at Dubai.
If all goes well, official approval to close the deal will happen sometime in March of 2013, with full partnership taking effect April 1st. At this point, passengers will have access to the giant networks on both ends and it should ease travel frustration for the next five years. All in all, this just gives another option for frequent flyers to earn and burn some points.
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