Emirates is one of the world's leading airlines and flydubai is the region's foremost budget option.
Now, the two have announced that they are partnering in order to extend their network and provide more travel options to customers.
Note that this isn't a merger or takeover and both airlines will continue to be managed independently.
The new partnership will see flydubai passengers have seamless connectivity to Emiraes airlines international routes. This will allow flydubai customers to access a large number of new routes and destinations. Alternately, Emirates passengers will be able to take connecting flights in the region via flydubai.
The two airlines will also be aligning their systems at Dubai International Airport to ensure ease of travel to all. They also plan to align their frequent flyer programs, meaning that airmiles earned on either airline can be used towards the other.
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,” reports Emirates 247.
Emirates today has a fleet of 259 aircraft and flies to 157 destinations. flydubai operates 58 Boeing 737 aircraft to 95 destinations. Combined, the network will comprise 216 unique destination points.
By 2022, the combined network of Emirates and flydubai is expected to reach 240 destinations, served by a combined fleet of 380 aircraft.
The partnership will be more clear in the upcoming months as new developments take place. T
This is definitely an exciting time for aviation!