Emirates, flydubai unveil extensive partnership plan

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Luglio 17, 2017

Emirates Airlines and FlyDubai have announced a partnership but have confirmed they are NOT merging. By 2022, the combined network of Emirates and flydubai is expected to reach 240 destinations, served by a combined fleet of 380 aircraft.

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, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Emirates Group and Chairman of flydubai, said, "This is an exciting and significant development for Emirates, flydubai, and Dubai aviation".

In May, Emirates reported an 82 percent drop in net profit in the year to March 31 - the first time since its 2011-12 fiscal year that the airline's annual profit had fallen.

Flydubai passengers will have "seamless connectivity" to the Emirates long-haul network, while Emirates says it will benefit from the low-priced operator's regional service.

"Both airlines have grown independently and successfully over the years and this new partnership will unlock the huge value that the complementary models of both companies can bring to consumers, each airline and to Dubai". The current combined network travels to 216 destinations.

Emirates and flydubai will also align airport systems and operations at their hub at Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest for international travel. Emirates, the largest airline in the Middle East, flies to 157 destinations with 259 planes, while low-priced airline Flydubai reaches 95 destinations with 58 planes.

The two airlines operate independently, but are owned by the same entity, the Investment Corporation of Dubai. It adds that the two sides are discussing various additional network and customer initiatives including frequent-flyer alignment.

The partnership will be rolled out over the coming months and start with code-sharing arrangements in the last quarter of 2017.

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