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Emirates-flydubai deal will align operations

July 21, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Qantas commercial partner Emirates and low-cost carrier flydubai are aligning their frequent flyer programs and other operations as part of a broad partnership.

Emirates and flydubai will continue to be managed independently but the closer cooperation should help boost growth at a challenging time for Gulf carriers.

An issued statement said the partnership went beyond code-sharing and included “integrated network collaboration with coordinated scheduling”.

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Emirates said the new model would “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 systems and operations to ensure smooth passage through the airport, currently the world’s busiest for international passengers.

Emirates has a wide-body fleet of 259 aircraft, flying to 157 destinations (including 16 cargo-only points). flydubai operates 58 modern B737 aircraft to 95 destinations. The current combined network comprises 216 destinations.

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.

Edited by Peter Needham

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