Emirates and flydubai today unveiled a partnership which will see the two Dubai-based airlines continue to be managed independently, but leverage on each other’s network to scale up their operations.
The partnership goes beyond code-sharing and includes integrated network collaboration with coordinated scheduling. The new model will give flydubai customers connectivity to Emirates’ 157 worldwide destinations and give Emirates’ customers access to flydubai’s regional network of 95 locations. The two airlines will also further develop their hub at Dubai International.
By 2022, the combined network of Emirates and flydubai is expected to reach 240 destinations, served by a combined fleet of 380 aircraft.
Fully owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), both Emirates and flydubai are operated independently and under separate management teams.
HH 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, each airline, and to Dubai.”