Emi­rates, fly­dubai an­nounce ex­ten­sive part­ner­ship deal

Agree­ment to of­fer cus­tomers un­matched travel op­tions

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Emi­rates and fly­dubai yes­ter­day un­veiled an ex­ten­sive part­ner­ship which will see the two Dubai-based air­lines join forces to of­fer cus­tomers un­matched travel op­tions. Both air­lines will con­tinue to be man­aged in­de­pen­dently, but will lever­age each other’s net­work to scale up their oper­a­tions and ac­cel­er­ate growth.

The innovative part­ner­ship goes be­yond code-shar­ing and in­cludes in­te­grated net­work col­lab­o­ra­tion with co­or­di­nated sched­ul­ing. The new model will give fly­dubai cus­tomers seam­less con­nec­tiv­ity to Emi­rates’ world­wide des­ti­na­tions span­ning six con­ti­nents. For Emi­rates’ cus­tomers, it opens up fly­dubai’s ro­bust re­gional net­work.

The two air­lines will also fur­ther de­velop their hub at Dubai In­ter­na­tional, align­ing their sys­tems and oper­a­tions to en­sure a seam­less travel ex­pe­ri­ence through the ul­tra-mod­ern air­port; cur­rently the world’s busiest for in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­gers.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Mak­toum, Chair­man and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Emi­rates Group and Chair­man of fly­dubai, said: “This is an ex­cit­ing and sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment for Emi­rates, fly­dubai, and Dubai avi­a­tion. Both air­lines have grown in­de­pen­dently and suc­cess­fully over the years, and this new part­ner­ship will un­lock the im­mense value that the com­ple­men­tary mod­els of both com­pa­nies can bring to con­sumers, each air­line, and to Dubai.”

Emi­rates to­day has a wide-body fleet of 259 air­craft, fly­ing to 157 des­ti­na­tions (in­clud­ing 16 cargo-only points). fly­dubai op­er­ates 58 New­Gen­er­a­tion Boe­ing 737 air­craft to 95 des­ti­na­tions. The cur­rent com­bined net­work com­prises 216 unique des­ti­na­tion points. The part­ner­ship is work­ing to op­ti­mize the net­works and sched­ules of both air­lines, to open up new city-pair con­nec­tions of­fer­ing con­sumers greater choice. Ad­di­tion­ally, this will help both air­lines feed more traf­fic into each other’s com­ple­men­tary net­works. By 2022, the com­bined net­work of Emi­rates and fly­dubai is ex­pected to reach 240 des­ti­na­tions, served by a com­bined fleet of 380 air­craft.

The Emi­rates and fly­dubai teams are work­ing to­gether on a num­ber of ini­tia­tives span­ning com­mer­cial, net­work plan­ning, air­port oper­a­tions, cus­tomer jour­ney, and fre­quent flyer pro­grams align­ment.

The part­ner­ship will be rolled out over the com­ing months, with the first en­hanced code­shar­ing ar­range­ments start­ing in the last quar­ter of 2017. Fur­ther de­tails will be com­mu­ni­cated as they be­come avail­able.

Fully owned by the In­vest­ment Cor­po­ra­tion of Dubai (ICD), both Emi­rates and fly­dubai are op­er­ated in­de­pen­dently and un­der sep­a­rate man­age­ment teams.

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