Team shortlist17 Jul 2017 AT 01:06 PM

Emirates and flydubai to join forces

Get ready for “unmatched travel options”
Team shortlist17 Jul 2017 AT 01:06 PM
Travel, Emirates, Flydubai
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Travel, Emirates, Flydubai
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Emirates and flydubai have just unveiled an extensive partnership that will see both airlines join forces to offer customers “unmatched travel options”.

As part of the partnership, both airlines will continue to be managed independently but will leverage each other’s network to scale up their operations and accelerate growth.

The new model will give flydubai customers seamless connectivity to Emirates’ worldwide destinations spanning six continents while Emirates will receive access to flydubai’s regional network.

The two airlines will also further develop their hub at Dubai International to ensure a seamless travel experience through the airport that’s currently the world’s busiest for international passengers.

The partnership will also help both airlines feed more traffic into each other’s complementary networks.

The deal that will also see the airlines work together on a number of initiatives such as network planning, airport operations, and frequent flyer programmes is set to be rolled out over the coming months. The first enhanced code-sharing arrangement is set to start in the last quarter of 2017.

It is hoped that by 2020, the combined network of Emirates and flydubai will to reach 240 destinations which will be served by a combined fleet of 380 aircrafts.

Speaking on the news, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Group and Chairman of flydubai His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: “This is an exciting and significant development for Emirates, flydubai, and Dubai aviation.

“Both airlines have grown independently and successfully over the years, and this new partnership will unlock the immense value that the complementary models of both companies can bring to consumers, each airline, and to Dubai.”  

The news of the partnership comes just days after it was announced that the laptop travel ban had been lifted on all Emirates flights to the US.

Emirates Airline announced the news just moments ago by releasing an official statement which read: “Effective immediately, the electronics ban has been lifted for Emirates’ flights from Dubai International Airport to the U.S.A.

“Emirates has been working hard in coordination with various aviation stakeholders and the local authorities to implement heightened security measures and protocols that meet the requirements of the US Department of Homeland Security’s new security guidelines for all US bound flights.”

“We would like to express our gratitude to the US and local authorities for their support and thank our customers for their understanding and patience during the last few months when the ban was in place,” it added. 

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