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United and Emirates Expand Market Presence Through New Agreement
September 14, 2022 Operations

United to launch new nonstop flights between Newark/New York and Dubai starting in March of 2023;

United customers can soon connect through Dubai to more than 100 destinations and Emirates customers can more easily fly to nearly 200 U.S cities through Chicago, San Francisco and Houston

CHICAGO and DUBAI, Sept. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- United and Emirates announced a historic commercial agreement today that will enhance each airline's network and give their customers easier access to hundreds of destinations within the United States and around the world*.



United will launch a new direct flight between Newark/New York and Dubai starting in March 2023 from there, customers can travel on Emirates or its sister airline flydubai to more than 100 different cities. Tickets for United's new Dubai flight are now on sale.

Starting in November, Emirates customers flying into three of the nation's biggest business hubs Chicago, San Francisco and Houston will have access to nearly 200 U.S. cities in the United network most of which only require a one-stop connection. At 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 and Emirates announced their agreement today at a ceremonial event at Dulles International Airport, hosted by United CEO Scott Kirby and Emirates President Sir Tim Clark, featuring United and Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and flight crews from each carrier.

"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. "United's 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."

"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. It's a significant partnership that will unlock tremendous consumer benefit and bring the United Arab Emirates and the United States even closer," said Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline. "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."

Soon customers of both airlines can book these connecting flights on a single ticket making check-in and luggage transfer faster and easier. For example travelers will be able to visit United.com or use the United app to book a flight from Newark/New York to Karachi, Pakistan or go to Emirates.com to book a flight from Dubai to Atlanta or Honolulu.

This agreement will also give the loyalty program members of both airlines more opportunities for more rewards: United MileagePlus members flying on United's Newark/New York to Dubai flight can soon earn and redeem miles when connecting beyond on Emirates and flydubai and Emirates Skywards members will be able to earn miles when they travel on United operated flights. Eligible United customers will also soon have access to Emirates lounges when connecting to and from United's new Dubai flight.

Both airlines have recently announced significant investments in the customer experience. Emirates will retrofit more than 120 aircraft as part of a $2 billion effort that includes elevated meal choices, a brand-new vegan menu, a 'cinema in the sky' experience, cabin interior upgrades, and sustainable choices. At United, the airline will add 500 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft to its fleet with a focus on a new signature interior that includes seat-back screens in every seat, larger overhead bins, Bluetooth connectivity throughout, and the industry's fastest available in-flight WiFi.

* Codeshare activities and United's new flight to Dubai are subject to government approvals.

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United + Emirates to Form Codeshare Agreement & UA resumes EWR-DXB March 2023

Old Aug 30, 22, 3:39 am
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United + Emirates to Form Codeshare Agreement & UA resumes EWR-DXB March 2023

It's the first of never!

The Air Current (paywall) is reporting that United and Emirates are to form an codeshare agreement.

Discuss.

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Old Aug 30, 22, 6:40 am
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Emirates has been cozying up with a lot of *A airlines recently, hasn't it? Perhaps EK is feeling the pressure from Qatar being a part of oneworld.
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Old Aug 30, 22, 6:49 am
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That could be interesting, if true.
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Old Aug 30, 22, 7:59 am
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I wonder what destinations EK offers that LH and TK don't already cover.
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Didnt UA and EK have something a long time ago?

EK is hugely popular with folks traveling to/from India. Not sure how else it helps UA with network reach though.
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Originally Posted by uastarflyer View Post
Didnt UA and EK have something a long time ago?

EK is hugely popular with folks traveling to/from India. Not sure how else it helps UA with network reach though.
As someone who flys in and out of the Gulf region all the time DXB is vastly preferable to me as a connecting point than FRA or LHR -- which are my main options now...
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Originally Posted by pseudoswede View Post
I wonder what destinations EK offers that LH and TK don't already cover.
Not sure of the answer to this except they do it with widebody aircraft with far more comfortable cabins vs most of the destinations served by LH Airbus 319/320/321 and TK 737 aircraft.

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Old Aug 30, 22, 8:56 am
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Seems like a positive move IMO. Looks all but confirmed based on this tweet that just went out from @UNITED -- seems like September 14 is the announcement day:

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I wonder how this would impact EWR-ATH from both carriers.
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I wonder how this would impact EWR-ATH from both carriers.
The Athens and Milan routes were the first thing that came to my mind
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this sounds pretty great!
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Definitely exciting. Lots of options now for travel to many parts of the world. And can earn miles on EK hopefully if that's how deep the partnership is.
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Didnt UA and EK have something a long time ago?
Yes, they offered joint RTW fares. It's how I experienced my first EK flying: HKG to Europe on EK, UA rest of the way. Sooner or later, every FTer should have the experience of flying EK first class.
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Didnt UA and EK have something a long time ago?

EK is hugely popular with folks traveling to/from India. Not sure how else it helps UA with network reach though.
CO and EK had a close partnership that went away with the merger.
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Old Aug 30, 22, 11:05 am
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I am fascinated to hear the details. Looks like there is a media event on the 14th:


Emirates flies to all* of United's key airports except Denver so there are more codeshare and interline opportunities for us. A daily DXB-DEN flight might be great to see as well. Maybe on a United 787?

* LaGuardia doesn't handle long international flights anyway.
I assume Guam is of limited interest but perhaps military/contractors flying between the Middle East and Guam could benefit from a codeshare via NRT. And tourists (plus some small number of business travelers) might appreciate a similar codeshare arrangement to get to Honolulu.
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