Emirates, Flydubai codeshare partnership gets boost

In 2018, Emirates and flydubai carried 3.29 million passengers on codeshare flights across 84 destinations. (Reuters)
Updated 16 January 2019

Emirates, Flydubai codeshare partnership gets boost

  • The partnership between Emirates and flydubai has expanded to 84 codeshare flights
  • Flydubai’s new destinations include Catania in Italy, Krakow in Poland, Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Helsinki

LONDON: Dubai’s two airlines, Emirates and flydubai, plan to expand their codeshare partnership this year, according to a statement.

Announced in October 2017, the partnership between the national carrier and the budget airline started with codeshare flights to 29 cities. It has since expanded to 84, including new Flydubai destinations such as Catania in Italy, Krakow in Poland, Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Helsinki.

“During 2019 the network of codeshare flights will be further expanded, with the launch of new Flydubai destinations Naples and Budapest, as well as several others that will be announced in due course,” Emirates said in a statement. “Flydubai flights to Chittagong will also restart from Jan. 20, while flights to Kozhikode, Kerala, will start from Feb. 1.”

Between them, the two airlines in 2018 carried 3.29 million passengers on codeshare flights across 84 destinations. The codeshare partnership gave Emirates passengers access to 67 new destinations while Flydubai customers were able to choose from an additional 115.

“The partnership between Emirates and Flydubai has really taken off and we are very pleased with what has been achieved,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Group and chairman of Flydubai.

Joining forces meant there was less overlapping of routes and better scheduling, he added.

Connections and transit times have been made easier for passengers on 11 Flydubai routes as they can now check in at the Emirates desk in Dubai airport’s terminal 3.

Huawei in public test as it unveils sanction-hit phone

Updated 19 September 2019

Huawei in public test as it unveils sanction-hit phone

  • Hit by US sanctions, Huawei's Mate 30 will not be allowed to use Google’s Play Store
  • Household-name services like WhatsApp, Instagram and Google Maps will be unavailable.
BERLIN: Chinese tech giant Huawei launches its latest high-end smartphone in Munich on Thursday, the first that could be void of popular Google apps because of US sanctions.
Observers are asking whether a phone without the Silicon Valley software that users have come to depend on can succeed, or whether Huawei will have found a way for buyers to install popular apps despite the constraints.
The company has maintained a veil of secrecy over its plans, set to be dropped at a 1200 GMT press conference revealing the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro models.
Huawei, targeted directly by the United States as part of a broader trade conflict with Beijing, was added to a “blacklist” in Washington in May.
Since then, it has been illegal for American firms to do business with the Chinese firm, suspected of espionage by President Donald Trump and his administration.
As a result, the new Mate will run on a freely available version of Android, the world’s most-used phone operating system that is owned by the search engine heavyweight.
While Mate 30 owners will experience little difference in the use of the system, the lack of Google’s Play Store — which provides access to hundreds of thousands of third-party apps and games as well as films, books and music — could hobble them.
Household-name services like WhatsApp, Instagram and Google Maps will be unavailable.
The tech press reports that this yawning gap in functionality has left some sellers reluctant to stock the new phones, fearing a wave of rapid-fire returns from dissatisfied customers.
Huawei president Richard Yu said at Berlin’s IFA electronics fair this month that his engineers found a “very simple” way to install the hottest apps without going via the Play Store.
Huawei could offer its own app store in a preliminary version, setting itself up as a competitor to the dominant Apple and Google offerings, observers speculate.
Over the longer term, the company could build out a similar “ecosystem” of devices, apps and services as the Silicon Valley companies that would bind users more closely to it.
The world’s second-largest smartphone maker after Samsung, Huawei earlier this month presented its proprietary operating system HarmonyOS, a potential replacement for Android.
The Mate 30 will not yet have HarmonyOS installed.
But it could make for a new round in the decades-old “OS wars” between Microsoft’s Windows and Apple’s Mac OS, then Android versus Apple’s iOS.
Meanwhile, Eric Xu, current holder of Huawei’s rotating chief executive chair, has urged Europe to foster an alternative to Google and Apple.
That could provide an opening for Huawei to build up Europe’s market of 500 million well-off consumers as a stronghold against American rivals.
“If Europe had its own ecosystem for smart devices, Huawei would use it... that would resolve the problem of European digital dependency” on the United States, Xu told German business daily Handelsblatt.
He added that his company would be prepared to invest in developing such joint European-Chinese projects.