flydubai and Emirates Join Hands to Combine Routes, Aircraft and More

Emirates has made an extensive partnership with flydubai to offer unmatched travel options for customers worldwide and in Pakistan as well.

The innovative partnership goes beyond code-sharing and includes integrated network collaboration with coordinated scheduling.

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

The two airlines will continue to be managed independently while giving leverage to each other’s networks to scale up their operations and accelerate growth.

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. The Dubai International is currently the world’s busiest airport for international passengers.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Group and Chairman of flydubai, 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, and to Dubai.”

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

Both Emirates and flydubai are working to optimize their networks and schedules, to open up new city-pair connections and offering consumers more choice.

Additionally, this will help both airlines feed more traffic into each other’s complementary networks. 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 programs 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.