Emirates and flydubai to deepen ties with code share pact (BA)

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 17, 2017

Emirates, the Middle East's largest airline, and budget carrier flydubai have announced plans to more closely integrate their operations.

The partnership will also mean greater integration between the airlines' existing hubs at Dubai International, where Emirates now operates from its own dedicated Terminal 3, and flydubai mainly operates from Terminal 2.

Although it said both carriers would continue to be managed independently, the partnership will see the pair collaborate on networks and co-ordinate schedules to offer passengers greater connectivity between the two.

"This new partnership will unlock the enormous value that the complementary models of both companies can bring to consumers, each airline, and to Dubai", says Emirates Group chief Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum - who is also the chairman of Flydubai. 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.

Emirates and flydubai said in a statement on Monday: "The innovative partnership goes beyond codesharing and includes integrated network collaboration with coordinated scheduling".

An Emirates spokesperson declined to comment on whether plans would be hatched to construct an internal link between flydubai's hub Terminal 2 and Emirates' Terminal 3.

Both Emirates and flydubai are owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai.

"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.

Emirates now operates an all-widebody fleet of 259 aircraft, flying to 157 destinations (including 16 cargo-only points), while flydubai operates 58 narrowbody Boeing 737 aircraft to 95 destinations.

The current joint fleet size is 317 with a combined network of 216 unique destinations.

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

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