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Tue, 20 September 2022

Emirates Partners United Airlines

(20/09/22)  Emirates and United Airlines have signed a commercial agreement designed to enhance their respective networks.

From November, Emirates customers flying into Chicago, San Francisco and Houston - three of the biggest business hubs in the U.S. - will be able to easily connect onto United flights to and from nearly 200 cities across the Americas on a single ticket.

At the eight other U.S. airports served by Emirates Boston, Dallas, LA, Miami, JFK, Orlando, Seattle and Washington DC both airlines will have an interline arrangement in place.

United will launch a new direct flight between New York/Newark and Dubai starting in March 2023. From there, customers will be able to travel on Emirates, or its sister airline flydubai, to more than 100 cities. Tickets for Uniteds new Dubai flight are already on sale.

Employees of United Airlines and Emirates. Click to enlarge.
Employees of United Airlines and Emirates

Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, said, Two of the biggest, 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. Its a significant partnership that will unlock tremendous consumer benefit and bring the United Arab Emirates and the United States even closer. We welcome Uniteds 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.

Customers of both airlines will be able to book the connecting flights on a single ticket making check-in and luggage transfer faster and easier.

The agreement will also give the loyalty program members of both airlines more opportunities for more rewards: Emirates Skywards members can soon earn miles when they travel on United operated flights, and United Mileage Plus members flying on Uniteds New York/Newark to Dubai flight will be able to earn and redeem miles when connecting beyond on Emirates and flydubai.

Eligible customers travelling on codeshare flights will also soon enjoy access to both airline's lounges.

This agreement unites two iconic, flag carrier airlines who share a common commitment to creating the best customer experience in the skies, said United CEO, Scott Kirby. Uniteds new flight to Dubai and our complementary networks will make global travel easier for millions of our customers, helping boost local economies and strengthen cultural ties. This is a proud moment for both United and Emirates employees, and I look forward to our journey together.

The codeshares and Uniteds new flight to Dubai are subject to regulatory approvals.

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