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United to add Dubai to its network as part of a new agreement with Emirates

United Airlines has announced that it will add Dubai to its network with nonstop flights from Newark as part a new agreement with Emirates.

Starting 25th March 2023, United will operate a daily flight between Newark Liberty International Airport and Dubai International Airport with the following schedule:

  • Newark-Dubai
  • Departure time: 22:15
  • Arrival time: 19:40 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 13 hours and 25 minutes
  • Flight number: UA164
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Note: United will not operate a flight on 26th March 2023. From 27th March 2023, the flight will operate as scheduled.
  • Dubai-Newark
  • Departure time: 02:15
  • Arrival time: 09:05
  • Flight time: 14 hours and 50 minutes
  • Flight number: UA163
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Note: This flight begins on 28th March 2023

United is launching this route as part of its newly launched codeshare partnership with Emirates.

This route will be operated by United’s Boeing B777-200ER aircraft featuring 50 Polaris Business Class seats, 24 Premium Plus seats (Premium Economy), 46 United Economy Plus seats (extra-legroom Economy Class seats) and 156 standard Economy Class seats.

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United will be the only airline to operate this route. Prior to the pandemic, Emirates used to operate a nonstop flight between Dubai and Newark. However, the airline has not yet resumed flights on this route. Emirates does operate a one-stop flight between Dubai and Newark via Athens. The airline also operates twice-daily flights between Dubai and New York – JFK.

Until 2016, United used to operate a flight between Washington Dulles and Dubai. The carrier suspended the route due to the tensions growing between the big three U.S. carriers (United, Delta and American) and the three Middle Eastern carriers (Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways). The three U.S. carriers accused the latter that they are heavily backed and subsidised by their respective governments. However, since then, relations between them have improved many fold and here we are, with United joining hands with Emirates for a codeshare partnership.

Due to the closure of the Russian airspace, United had to scale back its network in India with the suspension of flights between Delhi and San Francisco & Mumbai and Newark. With the help of this new flight to Dubai, United will be able to better serve India with connections on Emirates via Dubai, thus growing its own traffic to India. Prior to the Russian airspace closure, United was the largest U.S. carrier to operate flights to India.

Featured image by Reuters

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