United Airlines and Emirates Enter in to Historic Route Agreement

September 14, 2022

United Airlines and Emirates, the largest airline in the Middle East, have entered in to a historic commercial agreement that will see the two carriers give flyers much easier access to each of the airlines' destinations around the world.

Starting in March 2023, United Airlines will be launching a new direct flight between Newark and Dubai. This will allow customers to travel to over 100 different cities on Emirates or flydubai. Tickets are now on sale for the new Dubai flight.

Starting in November, Emirates customers will have access to nearly 200 U.S. cities through United's network. Most of these cities can be reached with a one-stop connection...Chicago, San Francisco and Houston being some of the notable destinations.

At eight other U.S. airports served by Emirates, both airlines will have an interline arrangement in place. This will allow passengers to connect between flights from both airlines without having to go through customs and security again: Boston, Dallas, LA, Miami, JFK, Orlando, Seattle and Washington DC.

"This agreement unites two iconic, flag carrier airlines who share a common commitment to creating the best customer experience in the skies," said United CEO Scott Kirby. "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." 

"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. It's a significant partnership that will unlock tremendous consumer benefit and bring the United Arab Emirates and the United States even closer," said Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline. "We welcome United's return to Dubai next year, where our hub Dubai 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." 

Starting this summer, customers of both United Airlines and Emirates can book connecting flights on a single ticket. This will make check-in and luggage transfer faster and easier for travelers. For example, you will be able to visit United.com or use the United app to book a flight from Newark/New York to Karachi, Pakistan, or go to Emirates.com to book a flight from Dubai to Atlanta or Honolulu.

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