Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Emirates and Flydubai Combine Network Operations

Emirates and Flydubai Combine Network Operations

Their combined global network is expected to serve 240 destinations with a fleet of 380 aircraft by 2022.

Dubai-based giant Emirates Airline and local low-priced carrier (LCC) flydubai have announced an "extensive partnership agreement", including network and schedule coordination, although they will continue to be managed independently.

Emirates and low-priced carrier Flydubai have agreed a new partnership created to help both airlines to "accelerate growth" and open new routes from Dubai.

In a joint statement issued on Monday, July 17, the carriers said their partnership would extend beyond code-sharing and include integrated network collaboration with coordinated scheduling.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who is both CEO of Emirates Group and chairman of Flydubai, said: "This is an exciting and significant development for Emirates, Flydubai, and Dubai aviation".

Emirates flies to more than 150 destinations, while flydubai reaches more than 90.

The agreement will also see alignment of frequent flyer loyalty programmes, providing benefits to customers of both airlines. The airlines will continue to be managed independently, he said.

The two airlines will also further develop their hub at Dubai International Airport, known as DXB, aligning their systems and operations "to ensure a seamless travel experience through the airport". 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 USA government. Or a passenger from Hyderabad can take flydubai to Dubai and then fly Emirates to mainland Europe, America, Africa or South America.

"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. The current combined network comprises 216 unique destination points.

It will be rolled out from the fourth quarter starting with enhanced code-sharing arrangements.

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