Emirates and United announce new partnership

EMIRATES and United Airlines have signed a commercial agreement that significantly expands each airline’s network, allowing customers to easily travel to hundreds of new destinations across the United States and around the world.

From November, Emirates customers flying into the three biggest business hubs in the US – Chicago, San Francisco, and Houston – can seamlessly connect onto United flights to and from nearly 200 cities across the US on a single ticket.

Emirates and United Airlines crews at Washington Dulles International Airport ©DavidBuerkPhoto

Both airlines will have an interline arrangement in place at eight other US airports served by Emirates, including Boston, Dallas, LA, Miami, JFK, Orlando, Seattle and Washington DC.

“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,” President Emirates Airline, Tim Clark, commented.

United is preparing to introduce a new direct service between New York/Newark and Dubai, which will allow customers to travel from there on Emirates or its sister airline flydubai to more than 100 cities.

The new service kicks off in March 2023, with tickets on sale now.

Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines said, “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”.

Scott Kirby and Sir Tim Clark shake hands on the agreement. ©Chris Kleponis

The agreement will also allow Emirates Skywards members to earn miles when they travel on United operated flights, while United Mileage Plus members flying on United’s New York/Newark to Dubai flight will be able to earn and redeem miles when connecting beyond on Emirates and flydubai.

The agreement was announced 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.

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