Description of Conduct

On 9 November 2022, Qantas Airways Limited (Qantas) and China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited (China Eastern) (together, the Applicants) applied for revocation of authorisation AA1000526 and substitution for a new authorisation AA1000624 to enable them and their related bodies corporate to continue to coordinate their operations between Australia and mainland China under an Extended Joint Coordination Agreement. The Applicants were previously granted authorisation AA1000526 to engage in similar conduct until 31 March 2023.

Authorisation was sought until 31 March 2024.

On 30 March 2023, the ACCC granted interim authorisation. The interim authorisation enabled the Applicants to continue their coordination while the ACCC assessed their substantive application for revocation and substitution.

On 15 September 2023, the ACCC issued a draft determination proposing to deny authorisation. The draft determination does not affect the interim authorisation that was granted on 30 March 2023.

On 24 October 2023, Qantas and China Eastern withdrew their application for revocation and substitution. As such, the interim authorisation granted on 30 March 2023 is no longer in effect. Please see the ‘Applicants to ACCC re Withdrawal of Application’ document below for further details.


  • Qantas Airways Limited
  • China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000624-1