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

UAE's Emirates, budget carrier flydubai expand cooperation

UAE's Emirates, budget carrier flydubai expand cooperation

Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) and its low-priced sister carrier flydubai (FZ, Dubai Int'l) have unveiled an extensive partnership agreement which will build on their existing commercial ties.

The carriers already have an "interline" agreement, which allows passengers to catch connecting flights on either airline without checking in again, but unlike a code share such deals don't usually cover coordinated flight times, joint marketing or reciprocal frequent flyer benefits. "Both airlines have grown independently and successfully over the years, and this new partnership will unlock the enormous value that the complementary models of both companies can bring to consumers, each airline, and to Dubai", said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and CEO of Emirates Group and chairman of flydubai. The airlines will continue to be managed independently, he said.

"This is an exciting and significant development for Emirates, flydubai, and Dubai aviation".

Meanwhile, flydubai's profits dropped 68 percent in 2016 after a tough year - but its revenues rose 2.4 percent, it reported in February.

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.

"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.

Together the two will fly to 216 destinations and have a combined fleet of 317 wide-body aircraft and Boeing 737s, including 259 Emirates planes and 58 Flydubai craft.

By 2022, Emirates and flydubai will operate a combined fleet of 380 aircraft flying to 240 destinations, the statement said.

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.

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