Qantas Replaced By Virgin Australia, Etihad Airways

Middle Eastern air carrier Etihad Airways and Australia's second major airline, Virgin Australia, have signed three-year marketing deals with Tourism Australia. That means Australia's homegrown carrier, Qantas, is on the outs. The new deals, which cost a total $18 million, replace the old agreement set aside by Qantas in response to the suspicion by Alan Joyce, the company's chief executive, that Geoff Dixon, the chairman of Tourism Australia and a former Qantas official, is behind the move to influence decision-making in the flag carrier.

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