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United Airlines starts Dubai flights

Once thought impossible, United is back in Dubai after an absence of seven years.

United is back in Dubai!

United has launched a daily nonstop flight between Newark Liberty International Airport and Dubai International Airport. The daily service runs with the following schedule:

  • Newark-Dubai
  • Departure time: 21:40
  • Arrival time: 19:05 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 13 hours and 25 minutes
  • Flight number: UA164
  • Dubai-Newark
  • Departure time: 01:55
  • Arrival time: 08:45
  • Flight time: 14 hours and 50 minutes
  • Flight number: UA163

The flights are operated by Boeing B777-200ERs 50 lie-flat Polaris Business Class seats, 24 Premium Economy Class seats and 202 Economy Class seats including extra-legroom seats.

Our new service between New York/Newark and Dubai, along with our new partnership with Emirates and flydubai, makes it even easier for customers to travel to Dubai or connect to any of the hundred destinations offered by our partners across Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

said Patrick Quayle, Senior Vice-President of Global Network Planning and Alliances, United.

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Partnership with Emirates

The launch of this daily service to Dubai is a part of the partnership between United and Emirates announced in 2022. The partnership creates new opportunities for both the airlines in terms of access to a greater network. Passengers flying from the United States to Dubai can travel onwards with Emirates or flydubai to more than 100 different cities while passengers flying in the other way can take advantage of onward connections with United to over 80 destinations across the Americas.

As we focus on accelerating momentum throughout 2023, inspired by our visionary strategy in line with the D33 agenda with the goal of consolidating Dubai’s status as one of the top global cities, the non-stop flight will further reinforce our positive relationship with the US travel trade ecosystem and boost our multifaceted destination proposition in this new era of travel. It is also a testament to the continued support extended by our global partners like United Airlines to drive growth and maintain the stability of Dubai’s tourism sector.

said Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing.

Once impossible, now live!

In 2017, the big three US carriers – United, Delta and American – accused the three Middle Eastern carriers – Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad – of taking advantage of the government support and creating a monopoly market, while also taking advantage of low-fuel prices in the Middle East to open up new routes to the United States and beyond and run them profitably.

That was 2017. The aviation space has changed a lot since then. Airlines’ strategies have changed. Now-a-days, rather than taking on the competition, two airlines are becoming friends and running their respective businesses.

American Airlines is now friends with Qatar Airways, both of which are a part of oneworld alliance. The former operates flights to Doha too as part of the partnership between the two carriers.

The partnership between Emirates and United is similar to that of American and Qatar’s. Emirates is getting a greater access to destinations in the US while United, which is not able to serve some destinations in Asia due to Russian airspace closure, will get a greater access to Emirates’ network, particularly destinations in India.

This agreement will also give the loyalty program 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.

Featured image by JetPhotos/Martin Ma

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