United Airlines partners with one-time foe Emirates, will launch Dubai flights

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  • United Airlines and Emirates have announced a codeshare partnership that allows carriers to sell seats on each other’s flights.
  • The agreement came after US airlines opposed the expansion of Persian Gulf airlines into the US.
  • United said it will begin flights to Dubai in March 2023.

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DULLES, Virginia. United Airlines and Emirates will sell seats on each other’s planes, marking a reversal in the former adversaries’ business models.

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As part of the deal, United said it would begin flying to the Emirates hub in Dubai from Newark Liberty International Airport next March.

The code-sharing agreement, which executives announced on Wednesday, will give airlines access to other carriers’ destinations and is the latest example of a thaw between U.S. and Gulf airlines, especially as international air travel recovers after more than a two-year Covid crisis. -19 pandemic.

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Tim Clark, president of Emirates, said he hopes United’s deal could someday grow into a joint venture similar to the one the Dubai-based airline has with Australian carrier Qantas.

“I don’t see why it shouldn’t be,” Clarke told reporters at an event to open the United deal in a hangar at Dulles International Airport near Washington, DC.

The partnership, if approved by regulators, would also allow passengers to earn and burn frequent miles on each carrier.

United and other major US carriers such as Delta Air Lines and American Airlines have lobbied for years for major Gulf airlines to expand into the United States, arguing that state-owned carriers compete unfairly on government subsidies, which these countries denied.

Emirates said last week that it was ending its codeshare partnership with JetBlue Airways, United’s competitor, on October 30. Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad said it would expand its partnership with New York-based JetBlue.

Qatar Airways and American Airlines said in June they would expand their codeshare partnership.

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