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Emirates and flydubai join forces
Emirates and flydubai. © flydubai

Emirates and flydubai join forces

Emirates and flydubai have unveiled an extensive partnership. The two airlines will continue to be managed independently, but will take advantage of each other’s network to scale up operations and accelerate growth.

Emirates and flydubai have unveiled an extensive partnership including integrated network collaboration between the two Dubai-based airlines, both of which are owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) sovereign wealth fund. The two airlines will continue to be managed independently, but will take advantage of each other’s network to scale up operations and accelerate growth.

The new partnership model aims to give flydubai customers seamless connectivity to Emirates’ worldwide destinations spanning six continents. For Emirates’ customers, it opens up flydubai’s regional network. 

The two airlines will also further develop their hub at Dubai International, aligning their systems and operations to ensure a seamless travel experience

Emirates today has a wide-body fleet of 259 aircraft, flying to 157 destinations (including 16 cargo-only points), while flydubai operates 58 New-Generation Boeing 737 aircraft to 95 destinations. The current combined network comprises 216 unique destination points.

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. 

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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