For the past six years, travel from the US to Dubai has only been possible with a non-US airline.
In 2016, United Airlines (UAL) It canceled its Washington Dulles-Dubai flight and withdrew from the Middle East market altogether amid what it saw as an unfair market encroachment by Emirates Airlines.
American Airlines (AAL) and delta (DA) It also joined the United Forces and accused Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways of using government subsidies to lower ticket prices and disrupting the market for non-domestic airlines.
But times change and sometimes old enemies can turn into allies if corporations call for it.
On September 14, the United Arab Emirates announced a codeshare agreement that will allow them to sell seats on each other’s planes, transfer customers’ frequent flyer miles to the other airline, and show flights with the other carrier on their respective websites.
Examples of other codeshares include Delta, Air France, Aeromexico, Korean Air or American Airlines, British Airways, among others. Major airlines often have dozens of airline partners in different countries.
Newark to Dubai long way
Under the agreement, United will begin offering a daily flight from Newark to Dubai from next year on March 23, 2023, making the period of no US flights a full seven years.
Service is planned for the Boeing 777-200ER, a long-range, business-class-equipped cruiser United Polaris. Or, in other words, the unusual seats that many associate with luxury travel and dream of trying it at least once.
The distance between the two cities is 5,962 nautical miles via the shortest route of the Great Circle. However, this route passes over parts of Ukraine, which is currently at war with Russia. So it seems likely that the aircraft will follow a more detour path.
“United’s new journey to Dubai and our complementing networks will make global travel easier for millions of our customers, helping boost local economies and strengthening cultural ties,” United CEO Scott Kirby said in a statement. “This is a proud moment for each of the UAE employees, and I look forward to our journey together.
Tickets for the Newark-Dubai flight are already on sale on airline websites – a round trip between April 4 and April 18 is currently $912.
Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, has risen to prominence as a luxury destination after a rapid increase in oil money prompted the country to start building glamorous buildings like the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest, and Dubai’s Miracle Garden, and to develop the city into the entertainment capital.
Increasing demand for travel is pushing airlines to put aside the quarrelsomeness of the past
Both companies said that increased travel after the pandemic and an increase in travelers’ interest in Dubai as a luxury and leisure destination pushed them to overcome past differences and collaborate.
The partnership will also give travelers from the Middle East coming to the United States access to United flights across the country. Joint UAE-UAE arrangements will be established in Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, Dallas, New York JFK, Orlando, Seattle and Washington DC.
In a celebration away from controversies, the two aviation chiefs announced their agreement at Dulles International Airport – the main destination of the flight United canceled in 2016.
“We welcome United’s return to Dubai next year, as our Dubai hub essentially becomes United’s gateway to Asia, Africa and the Middle East via the Emirates and flydubai joint network,” Emirates President Tim Clark said in a statement. “We look forward to developing our partnership with United for the long term.”