Emirates & TAP Plan Deeper Cooperation

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Emirates and TAP have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand codesharing between the airlines and explore ways to deepen the frequent flyer programs’ cooperation.

Emirates will place its code on TAP’s flights to the Americas and Western and Northern Africa. In contrast, TAP will put its code on Emirates services to Asia and the Barcelona – Mexico City fifth freedom flight that Emirates operates.

Here’s the announcement from Emirates:

  • Customers of both airlines to benefit from more codeshare destinations in the Americas, North Africa and East Asia, and added domestic connections in Portugal
  • Both airlines to explore expansion of current frequent flyer programme
  • Both airlines to leverage each other’s award winning Stopover programmes
  • Emirates to support TAP Air Portugal as it investigates flying to Dubai

Dubai, UAE, 15 March 2021 – Emirates and TAP Air Portugal has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand the codeshare partnership currently in place between both airlines.

The new agreement will see customers of both airlines benefit from seamless connectivity on many new routes across the Americas, North Africa and East Asia. Emirates and TAP Air Portugal will also explore ways to enhance the co-operation on their respective frequent flyer programmes including reciprocal earning and redemption opportunities and popular benefits such as lounge access.

In addition, both airlines plan on supporting each other’s stopover programmes in Dubai and Lisbon, with Emirates also supporting TAP Air Portugal as it looks at potential expansion opportunities in the UAE.

Subject to required regulatory approvals, the expanded agreement is expected to come into effect from 01 May 2021, will provide customers with seamless booking, ticketing and travel benefits across 70 destinations on both airlines’ networks.

Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Chief Commercial Officer said: “Emirates and TAP Air Portugal have enjoyed a mutually successful codeshare partnership for the past eight years. We are delighted to expand this relationship and look forward to delivering even more benefits to our customers.”

Arik De, TAP Air Portugal’s Chief Revenue & Network Officer said: “TAP Air Portugal is pleased to enhance our Emirates partnership, allowing our guests greater geographic access. We look forward to taking Emirates customers to more cities within Portugal, to our destinations in the Americas and North Africa, and for them to benefit from our Stopover Portugal program.”

Under the expanded partnership, TAP Air Portugal will place its code on Emirates’ flights to popular East Asia destinations such as Taipei, Tokyo, Osaka, Mumbai, Delhi, Dhaka, Male, Jakarta, Denpasar, Manila, Hanoi, as well as Barcelona and Mexico City.

Emirates customers will be able to seamlessly access additional domestic destinations in Portugal, as well as TAP Air Portugal’s flights to cities in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, Morocco, Tunisia, Gambia, and Cape Verde.

Conclusion

There has already been limited codesharing between these two airlines.

It seems that this MoU intends to deepen the relationship that these airlines have, and frequent fliers of both airlines may eventually benefit too.

You have to remember that TAP is part of Star Alliance, while Emirates is not part of any, it has similar codesharing agreements with several airlines such as Qantas.

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