Emirates Airline and FlyDubai have recently announced an extensive partnership, but what will the difference be? With the partnership we will see the two Dubai-based carriers come together to align their systems and provide passengers access with easy connectivity to each other’s networks and ensure a smooth travel experience.
Apart from code-sharing, the partnership includes integrated network collaboration with coordinated scheduling, allowing FlyDubai customers to take advantage of Emirates worldwide destinations across six continents and vice versa as Emirates’ customers, for their part, will now have access to FlyDubai’s regional network, where Emirates with their wide-body aircrafts have not been able to create routes.
Both airlines plan to develop their hub at Dubai International Airport (DXB) by aligning their operations to ensure a seamless travel experience at the airport, currently the world’s busiest for international passengers.
Emirates currently has a wide-body fleet of 259 aircraft which fly to 157 destinations – including 16 cargo-only points, while FlyDubai operates 58 new-generation Boeing 737 aircraft, which fly to 95 destinations. Combined, the two airlines currently fly to 216 unique destinations with a combined fleet of 317 aircraft, with more than 300 on order between the two.
According to the statement, by 2022 the combined fleet between the two will be comprised of 380 aircraft, flying to 240 destinations, with the airlines working to optimize their networks and schedules to allow for new city-pair connections and provide more choices to consumers.
Additionally, the move will help both airlines feed traffic into each other’s complementary networks, and the two are working together on a number of initiatives including network planning, airport operations, ‘customer journey’ and frequent flyer programmes alignment.
The partnership is expected to be rolled out over the coming months, with the first code-sharing arrangements to be unveiled in the fourth quarter of 2017.