UAE’s Emirates, Bahrain’s Gulf Air unite to develop commercial ties

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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UAE’s largest airline Emirates has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the national carrier of Bahrain Gulf Air to develop deeper commercial cooperation between both carriers.

The MoU will provide the groundwork for prospective codeshare collaboration between the two airlines throughout their respective networks, as well as reciprocal loyalty benefits on Emirates’ Skywards and Gulf Air’s Falconflyer. In addition, discussions are underway between the airlines to launch cargo cooperation.

The customers traveling on Emirates and Gulf Air’s operated flights can book single-ticket travel with competitive fares, and one-stop baggage check-in to their final destinations. “Emirates will initially place its “EK” marketed code on Gulf Air operated flights between Bahrain and Dubai, and reciprocally, Gulf Air will add its “GF” marketed code to Emirates routes,” as per the statement.

Tim Clark
Tim Clark
Emirates Airlines

“We are pleased to partner with Gulf Air on developing this codeshare agreement, which will give customers significantly enhanced choices, convenient schedules, and flexibility to connect between Dubai and Bahrain, and beyond to cities in our extensive long-haul network. We believe that our new partnership will bring real benefits to our customers and business, and today’s agreement is a positive step in our cooperation, and we are on the way to further strengthen our relationship in the future.”

“This will be a remarkable partnership between one of the first airlines in the Gulf region and one of the biggest carriers in the world. We’re proud to explore opportunities with Emirates to expand our reach and at the same time extend our boutique services to Emirates’ passengers when flying on our network. Gulf Air and Emirates operate multiple flights between Bahrain and Dubai and this agreement will provide passengers with more choices beyond our hubs,” commented Captain Waleed AlAlawi, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Air.

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