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Emirates CEO and Chairman denies merge talks with Etihad Airways

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It looks like we won’t be seeing Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways join forces any time soon.

The chairman and CEO of the Dubai-based airline Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum has denied any talks of a merge, stating that it has “never been discussed in any way shape or form”.

Speaking to reporters this past Wednesday, he said: “A merger is easier said than done and right now we are of the opinion that competition is good. However there are ways we can work more closely by using each other’s facilities and services.”

Sheikh Ahmed added that a possible partnership could emerge between Emirates and the UAE’s national airline in terms of ground handling.

“Dnata right now operates across the world, including in cities Etihad flies to. That is something we can explore,” he said.

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The announcement comes just days after Emirates reported a profit of AED4.1 billion for the financial year that ended on March 31, which is 67 percent increase from last year.

It also comes just two days after Emirates announced that from October 1, it will be launching daily, direct flights to Edinburgh, Scotland.

The addition marks Emirates’ eighth destination in the United Kingdom and its second in Scotland – it has two daily flights to Glasgow.

Speaking on the news, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations Hubert Frach said: “We’re increasing our capacity to Scotland to meet growing demand, and by introducing a daily flight to Edinburgh, it will complement our current double daily flights between Dubai and Glasgow.

Edinburgh is a very popular leisure and business destination, and the new service will offer our customers from across our global network, particularly from key inbound markets such as Asia and Australia, a direct option to the city via our Dubai hub.”

He added: “It will also be a more convenient point for travellers from the greater Edinburgh area, and beyond, such as Aberdeen and Dundee, to travel with Emirates to Dubai and onward to destinations across our network.”

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