The announcement was made at an event in Washington, hosted by the United and Emirates.
United Airlines and Emirates have just declared a new partnership, which will see interlining activities and a codeshare agreement being developed for the 2 airlines.
United Airlines and Emirates
The statement took place at an event happening at the United Airlines hangar at the Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). Emirates President, Sir Tim Clark, and United CEO, Scott Kirby were both at the event, explaining the scope and limitations of the partnership to assembled media. Sir Tim commented,
“2 of the largest, and best-known airlines in the world are joining hands to fly people better to more places, at a time when travel demand is rebounding with a vengeance. It’s a significant partnership that will unlock tremendous consumer benefit and bring the United Arab Emirates and the United States even closer.”
Scott Kirby stated,
“This deal unites 2 iconic, flag carrier airlines who share a common commitment to creating the best customer experience in the skies. United’s new flight to Dubai and our complementary networks will make international travel easier for millions of our passengers, helping increase local economies and strengthen cultural ties. This is a proud moment for both United and Emirates workers, and I look forward to our journey together.”
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A few weeks ago, United Airlines and Emirates Airlines started to stir up some noise throughout the aviation world, with United jumping on Twitter and asking if Emirates wanted to “hang ar” out on September 14. News started to circulate that the 2 airlines would be declaring a codeshare agreement, with some even thinking that Emirates may be joining the Star Alliance.
- A photo later surfaced of an invitation that United sent out to an event taking place at the Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD) on September 14.
To further leverage its strength in its new partnership with Emirates, United is preparing to launch a new route connecting Newark with Dubai. The route will launch on March 27th, 2023, and will see a daily nonstop between the 2 airports. The details of the flights are:
- UA164: Will depart Newark at 22:15, coming to Dubai at 19:40 the next day
- UA163: Will depart Dubai at 02:15, coming in Newark at 09:05
The flight will be long, blocked at 13 hours and 25 minutes going east and 14 hours and 50 minutes going west. United will use its Boeing 777-200ER on the route and it will be the 1st time the carrier has made an appearance in Dubai since 2016.
Sir Tim stated, “We welcome United’s return to Dubai next year, where our hub Dubai essentially becomes a gateway for United to reach Asia, Africa, and the Middle East via the combined network of Emirates and flydubai. We look forward to developing our partnership with United for the long term.”
Kirby indicated that the new partnership would enable travelers to connect to many destinations in India and Africa that the airline doesn’t currently serve. However, the airlines stated that all elements of the partnership are subject to regulatory support.
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