Emirates and United Airlines sign historic codeshare agreement

Emirates and United Airlines sign historic codeshare agreement

Emirates customers will have access to almost 200 cities across the Americas on a single ticket

Emirates and United Airlines have signed a commercial agreement that will enhance each airline’s network and give their customers easier access to hundreds of new destinations around the world. The carriers announced their agreement at a ceremonial event at Dulles International Airport in Washington DC.

From November 2022, Emirates customers flying into Chicago, San Francisco and Houston will be able to connect onto United flights to and from nearly 200 cities across the Americas on a single ticket, making check-in and luggage transfer faster and easier. 

For example, travellers will be able to visit or use the United app to book a flight from New York/Newark to Karachi, Pakistan or go to to book a flight from Dubai to Atlanta or Honolulu.

At the eight other US airports served by Emirates – Boston, Dallas, LA, Miami, JFK, Orlando, Seattle and Washington DC – the carriers will have an interline arrangements in place.

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Commenting on the announcement, Emirates Airline president Sir Tim Clark said: “Two of the biggest, and best-known airlines in the world are joining hands to fly people to more places, at a time when travel demand is rebounding with a vengeance. 

"It’s a significant partnership that will unlock tremendous consumer benefit and bring the United Arab Emirates and the United States even closer. We welcome United’s return to Dubai next year, where our hub essentially becomes a gateway for United to reach Asia, Africa and the Middle East via the combined network of Emirates and flydubai. We look forward to developing our partnership with United for the long term.”

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby added: “This agreement unites two iconic flag carrier airlines who share a common commitment to creating the best customer experience in the skies. 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. This is a proud moment for both United and Emirates employees, and I look forward to our journey together.”


This agreement will also give the loyalty programme members of both airlines more opportunities for more rewards: Emirates Skywards members can soon earn miles when they travel on United operated flights, and 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.

Eligible customers travelling on codeshare flights will also soon enjoy access to Emirates and United lounges. More details on frequent flyer awards and lounge sharing benefits will be shared in the coming weeks.

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