Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Emirates and flydubai join forces, announce extensive partnershi­p agreement

„Partnershi­p includes expansive codeshare agreement „Passenger benefits to include access to over 200 unique destinatio­ns „Both airlines to continue being managed independen­tly


Emirates and flydubai have unveiled an extensive partnershi­p which will see the two Dubaibased 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 widebody fleet of 259 aircraft, flying to 157 destinatio­ns (including 16 cargo-only points). flydubai operates 58 New-generation Boeing 737 aircraft to 95 destinatio­ns. The current combined network comprises 216 unique destinatio­n points.

The partnershi­p is working to optimise 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 programmes alignment.

The partnershi­p will be rolled out over the coming months, with the first enhanced code-sharing 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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