Emirates and Flydubai Combine Network Operations

Judith Bessette
Julho 17, 2017

Emirates, the Middle East's largest airline, and budget carrier flydubai have announced plans to more closely integrate their operations. The airlines will continue to be managed independently, he said.

They are expected to reach 240 destinations and 380 aircraft by 2022, according to the announcement.

The airlines, both owned by the government of Dubai, said in a statement on Monday their expanded partnership would be rolled out over the coming months, kicking off with an enhanced code share agreement in the fourth quarter.

"This is an exciting and significant development for Emirates, flydubai, and Dubai aviation". Emirates' annual profit fell in the year ended March 31 for the first time in five years and flydubai's profit fell for a second consecutive year in 2016.

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.

Emirates operates a long-haul fleet of 259 aircraft spanning a network of 157 destinations, while Flydubai has 58 single-aisle aircraft - all Boeing 737s - and serves 95 destinations.

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"This partnership isn't about savings, it's about extracting commercial value by leveraging the strengths of both companies to accelerate growth", representatives from the airlines said.

The partnership will also mean greater integration between the airlines' existing hubs at Dubai International, where Emirates now operates from its own dedicated Terminal 3, and flydubai mainly operates from Terminal 2.

The two airlines operate independently, but are owned by the same entity, the Investment Corporation of Dubai.

The current joint fleet size is 317 with a combined network of 216 unique destinations.

Teams from Emirates and flydubai are now working on several initiatives spanning commercial, network planning, airport operations, customer journey, and frequent flyer programmes alignment.

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