Emirates & Flydubai Deeper Cooperation (Codeshare, Schedules, Destinations & Frequent Flier Program)

Emirates and Flydubai, both airlines owned by the Emirates government via investment vehicle, today announced deepened co-operation in the form of cosdeshare, schedule and network optimization initiatives.

Emirates Flydubai

Emirates only operates widebody planes while Flydubai serves short/medium-haul destinations in the Middle East/Asia using Boeing 737 single aisle aircraft.

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Here’s press release from Emirates about FlyDubai partnership:

Emirates and flydubai join forces, announce extensive partnership agreement

  • Partnership includes an expansive codeshare agreement, schedule alignment and network optimisation 
  • Passenger benefits to include access to over 200 unique destinations, seamless travel experience and frequent flyer programmes alignment 
  • Both airlines to continue being managed independently 

Dubai, UAE, 17 July 2017 – Emirates and flydubai today unveiled an extensive partnership which will see the two Dubai-based airlines join forces to offer customers unmatched travel options. Both airlines will continue to be managed independently, but will leverage each other’s network to scale up their operations and accelerate growth.

The innovative partnership goes beyond code-sharing and includes integrated network collaboration with coordinated scheduling. The new model will give flydubai customers seamless connectivity to Emirates’ worldwide destinations spanning six continents. For Emirates’ customers, it opens up flydubai’s robust regional network. 

The two airlines will also further develop their hub at Dubai International, aligning their systems and operations to ensure a seamless travel experience through the ultra-modern airport; currently the world’s busiest for international passengers. 

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.”

Emirates today has a wide-body fleet of 259 aircraft, flying to 157 destinations (including 16 cargo-only points). flydubai operates 58 New-Generation Boeing 737 aircraft to 95 destinations. The current combined network comprises 216 unique destination points.  

The partnership is working to optimise the networks and schedules of both airlines, to open up new city-pair connections offering consumers greater choice. Additionally, this will help both airlines feed more traffic into each other’s complementary networks. By 2022, the combined network of Emirates and flydubai is expected to reach 240 destinations, served by a combined fleet of 380 aircraft. 

The Emirates and flydubai teams are working together on a number of initiatives spanning commercial, network planning, airport operations, customer journey, and frequent flyer programmes alignment. 

The partnership will be rolled out over the coming months, with the first enhanced code-sharing arrangements starting in the last quarter of 2017. Further details will be communicated as they become available.

Fully owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), both Emirates and flydubai are operated independently and under separate management teams.

About flydubai

Dubai-based flydubai strives to remove barriers to travel and enhance connectivity between different cultures across its ever-expanding network. Since launching its operations in 2009, flydubai has:

  • Created a network of more than 90 destinations in 44 countries.
  • Opened up 63 new routes that did not previously have direct air links to Dubai or were not served by a UAE national carrier from Dubai.
  • Operates a single fleet type of 58 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft and will take delivery of more than 100 aircraft by the end of 2023.
  • In addition, flydubai’s agility and flexibility as a young airline has enhanced Dubai’s economic development, in line with the Government of Dubai’s vision, by creating trade and tourism flows in previously underserved markets.


Not sure why they didn’t have this kind of deeper co-operation when the Flydubai was launched back in 2009, as both airlines are owned the Dubai government? Surely it would have benefited both.

Etihad and Qatar Airways have both used single aisle aircraft to open routes that they have later upped to widebody and to serve destinations where larger plane would be an overkill.

It is interesting to see what kind of frequent flier program alignment we will see. Flydubai just recently launch theirs that is basically rebate style one that makes absolutely no sense for anyone besides those that fly the airline a lot.

I did take Flydubai flight once from Tehran to Dubai. The paid fare was roughly the same as the taxes/fees on Emirates economy award. Slept the entire flight from take off to landing so cannot comment about the service offered if any.

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