Dubai-based airlines, Emirates and flydubai, have announced an extensive partnership, with the first enhanced code-sharing arrangements starting late this year.
Both airlines will continue to be managed independently but will work together on a number of initiatives including commercial, network planning, airport operations, customer journey, and frequent flyer programmes alignment, to offer customers unmatched travel options.
“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 Group and flydubai’s chairman and chief executive HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum says.
Emirates flies to 157 destinations spanning six continents, and under this new model, flydubai customers will gain seamless connectivity to Emirates’ worldwide network.
Meanwhile, flydubai’s robust local connectivity to 95 regional destinations will open up for Emirates customers.
Currently comprising of 216 destinations, the Emirates and flydubai combined network is expected to reach 240 destinations by 2022.
The two airlines will also further develop their hub at Dubai International, aligning their systems and operations to ensure customers greater choice and a seamless travel experience through the ultra-modern airport; currently the world’s busiest for international passengers.