United Airlines and Emirates have formed a new partnership that includes a new United route to Dubai, codeshares on select destinations and reciprocal loyalty benefits, the carriers announced on Wednesday.
From November, Emirates customers flying to Chicago, Houston and San Francisco will have access to nearly 200 US cities via the United network. At eight other US airports served by Emirates (Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York-JFK, Orlando, Seattle and Washington, DC-Dulles), the airlines have announced that they will implement an interline agreement.
Additionally, United plans to launch a direct flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to Dubai in March 2023, where passengers will be able to connect via Emirates’ sister airline Flydubai to more than 100 cities in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Tickets for the new Newark-Dubai route are now on sale. The route will be operated with a Boeing 777-300ER.
Customers of the two airlines will “soon” be able to book these connecting flights on a single ticket, pending government approval of the codeshare and the new Dubai flight, the carriers say. Additionally, the agreement will give Emirates Skywards loyalty members the opportunity to earn miles when traveling on United-operated flights, and United Mileage Plus members traveling on United’s Newark-Dubai flight will be able to earn and redeem miles when connecting on Emirates and Flydubai. flights.
The two carriers have been in talks for about two years, Patrick Quayle, senior vice president of global network planning and alliances at BTN, said at an event Wednesday at the United hangar at Dulles International Airport.
He added that while there is a “game for business travel” under the new agreement, there is also a “game for the total cabin segment, whether business , premium economy or economy. This partnership is all about sustainability and longevity and having something that’s going to be long lasting. We’re targeting all traffic segments. That’s the beauty of the Dubai hub – between Emirates and Flydubai, we can reach so many places in the world that we couldn’t reach before.”
Several years ago, former U.S. carriers quarreled with Gulf carriers over issues such as competition, and officials noted that people-to-people relationships helped facilitate the development of the partnership between Emirates and United.
Quayle added that “there was a lot of baggage between American airlines and Middle Eastern airlines, so I see my role as head of alliances as a kind of secretary of state,” he said. he declares. “It’s about diplomacy, reaching out and working together. The first thing we had to do was have a relationship, then we could have a friendship. Once you have a relationship and a friendship, you can build a partnership, and that’s what we announced today.