Emirates unveils codeshare flights to 29 destinations with FlyDubai

Emirates is adding 29 FlyDubai destinations to its route network as the pair unveil new codeshare agreements. (REUTERS)
Updated 03 October 2017
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Emirates unveils codeshare flights to 29 destinations with FlyDubai

LONDON: Emirates’ customers are now able to book flights to 29 FlyDubai destinations across three continents as part of the two airlines’ codeshare agreement, with more routes expected to be announced in the coming months.
New destinations include flights to European cities such as Prague and Sofia as well as destinations in India, Russia, Iran and within the Gulf region itself.
“This deal makes it easier for customers to book and transfer between the two carriers’ flights and opens up many more journey itineraries,” said John Strickland, aviation analyst at JLS Consulting.
Passengers were able to start booking trips from Oct. 3, with travel starting on Oct. 29. The codeshare forms part of a partnership between Dubai’s flagship airline Emirates and the low-cost airline FlyDubai announced in July.
The tie-up aims to further integrate the two airlines’ network and coordinate scheduling to improve connectivity for travelers passing through Dubai International Airport. By 2022, the combined network of Emirates and FlyDubai is expected to reach 240 destinations, served by a combined fleet of 380 aircraft, according to Emirates.
“This is just the start and as we expand the partner network in the coming months we will open up more opportunities for our passengers to explore the world,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Group and chairman of FlyDubai.
The agreement will benefit both airlines, said Saj Ahmad, aviation analyst at StrategicAero Research, as the two airlines can feed more traffic into each other’s network.
“FlyDubai will certainly be able to leverage the strength of Emirates’ huge international network and pull in transfer traffic, while Emirates will be able to utilize the massive frequency-based services to places like Russia, where FlyDubai has been adept at pulling in high volumes of customers as well as higher yield business class passengers,” he said.
Emirates’ passengers booking flights within the codeshare agreement will continue to receive complimentary meals and an Emirates checked baggage allowed on the flights operated by FlyDubai in both business and economy classes.
Emirates Skyward members will also be able to earn air miles on codeshare flights.


China-US trade talks ‘making a final sprint’ — state media

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping as U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, left, and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, right, look on before proceeding to their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China February 15, 2019. (REUTERS)
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China-US trade talks ‘making a final sprint’ — state media

  • US duties on $200 billion in imports from China are set to rise to 25 percent from 10 percent if there is no deal by March 1 to address US demands

SHANGHAI: Chinese state media on Saturday expressed cautious optimism over trade talks between the United States and China, a day after President Xi Jinping said a week of discussions had produced “step-by-step” progress.
Xi made the comments at a meeting on Friday with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in Beijing, after a week of senior- and deputy-level talks.
The People’s Daily, the official paper of the ruling Communist Party, said in a commentary that Xi’s meeting with US negotiators had affirmed progress made in previous talks and “injected new impetus into the next stage of the development of Sino-US trade relations.”
The talks “have made important progress” for the next round of negotiations in Washington next week, the paper said in its domestic edition.
“It is hoped that the two sides will maintain the good momentum of the current consultations and strive to reach an agreement within the set time limit,” it said.
US duties on $200 billion in imports from China are set to rise to 25 percent from 10 percent if there is no deal by March 1 to address US demands that China curb forced technology transfers and better enforce intellectual property rights.
In its overseas edition, the People’s Daily said “zero-sum thinking and games where you lose and I win can only create losses for both. Only on a basis of mutual respect and equal treatment, through dialogue and consultation, can we find a solution acceptable to both sides.”
An English-language editorial in the Global Times, which is published by the People’s Daily, said news that China had consulted on the text of a memorandum of understanding “shows the two sides have made unprecedented progress.”
“The MOU and next week’s talks both show that the seemingly endless China-US trade negotiations, like a marathon, are making a final sprint,” it said.
The newspapers cautioned that any agreement would have to be in the interests of both the United States and China.
“There are still obstacles to be overcome, and no one should underestimate how daunting a task the two sides face trying to resolve all the differences that have long existed between them in one clean sweep,” the official English-language China Daily said in an editorial.