Emirates Signs Partnership Deal With Discount Neighbor FlyDubai

Amos Gonzales
July 17, 2017

Dubai-based airlines Emirates and Flydubai have announced that they are teaming up to provide travellers with more options.

The partnership will be rolled out over the coming months, with the first code-sharing arrangements starting in the last quarter of 2017, the airlines said.

The new partnership will include joint network planning, coordinated schedules and the frequent flyer programmes will be aligned though both airlines will remain independently managed, the joint statement said.

Emirates chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum told Arabian Business in April that Dubai's flagship carrier was seeking "greater synergies" with flydubai as it continues to streamline costs in a turbulent aviation market. Emirates' profits fell 70 percent in the year ending on March 31; economies in the Gulf region slowed, demand for seats aboard flights declined due to terrorist attacks and the airline contended with travel restrictions imposed by the US government.

FlyDubai also saw its profit drop 69 percent in 2016 and cited a "challenging socioeconomic environment". "For Emirates customers, it opens up flydubais robust regional network", flydubai said in a statement. At the Paris Air Show in June, Emirates president Tim Clark said the two airlines were not in competition, but they had always done "their own thing" and would benefit from more coordination.

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Currently, the two carriers cover 216 destinations, with a combined fleet of 317 aircraft.

"This partnership isn't about savings, it's about extracting commercial value by leveraging the strengths of both companies to accelerate growth", representatives from the airlines said. They expect to be serving 240 destinations as a combined operation by 2022, with a total fleet of 380 aircraft.

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; now the world's busiest for international passengers.

Emirates now operates 259 aircraft to 157 destinations, while Flydubai has a fleet of 58 Boeing 737 NG aircraft flying to 95 destinations.

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