Since the establishment of a partnership between Emirates Airline and flydubai in 2017, over 5.27 million passengers have benefitted from seamless connectivity from each of their networks.
Some 800,000 Emirates Skywards members have earned over 1.5 billion Skywards Miles on Emirates Airline and flydubai codeshare itineraries in the last 12 months.
Chairman and chief executive, Emirates Group, and chairman, flydubai, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum spoke on the three-year alliance: “The strategic partnership between Emirates and flydubai has been a success, generating benefits for travellers, for both airlines, and for Dubai. Moving forward, both Emirates Airline and flydubai will continue to develop the partnership to deliver even better customer journeys and better value for travellers and all stakeholders.”
Today, Emirates Airline passengers can seamlessly connect to 94 destinations on the flydubai network via Dubai International airport, and flydubai passengers can access 143 Emirates destinations. Globally, the favourite flydubai destinations for Emirates passengers include Belgrade, Bucharest, Catania, Kathmandu, Kiev, Kilimanjaro, Krakow, Salalah, Tbilisi and Zanzibar.
Further to this, the strategic partnership goes beyond codesharing in permitted markets and includes initiatives that span commercial activity, such as schedule coordination to offer customers more competitive prices, network planning and airport operations to facilitate the smooth flow of passengers between both airlines and the alignment of frequent flyer programmes to boost earning and redemption opportunities.
On October 27, 2019, flights to seven more destinations relocated from flydubai’s current operating base of Terminal 2 to Terminal 3 at Dubai International airport (DXB), offering travellers more seamless connections between the Emirates and flydubai networks with smooth and quick transit times. This move means connecting passengers can enjoy shorter minimum connecting times in Dubai at just 90 minutes.
Flights from Dubai to Almaty, Basra, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Nur-Sultan, Sofia and Zanzibar now operate from Terminal 3, bringing the number of flydubai destinations operated out of DXB Terminal 3 to 22.
Meanwhile, the partnership has enabled both airlines to optimise their network and aircraft utilisation, with successes in ensuring customers are served year-round on routes with ‘seasonal’ patterns, while opening up opportunities for both carriers to serve new markets.
An example is the seasonal handover on the Dubai-Zagreb route, where Emirates Airline operates its large wide-body aircraft during the summer schedule, while flydubai’s single-aisle aircraft is deployed during the winter schedule. On December 10, the Dubai-Yangon route will be operated by flydubai instead of Emirates, enabling the latter to concentrate on developing the Thailand and Cambodia markets.
Successful network optimisation between both airlines on flights to Multan, Mashad, Bangkok, Dhaka and Male has also freed up capacity for flydubai to re-deploy to open new markets, including Krakow, Catania, Helsinki, Naples, Sochi and Krabi.
Emirates and flydubai continue to work closely on flight schedule alignment, with the aim of improving customer connectivity and expanding the number of flight connection options between both airlines.