Emirates & Continental sign codeshare deal

Emirates and Continental Airlines have signed a codesharing deal on flights between Dubai and Houston and Dubai and New York Newark via London Gatwick.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  August 17, 2003

Emirates and Continental Airlines have signed a codesharing deal on flights between Dubai and Houston and Dubai and New York Newark via London Gatwick. The tie-up will greatly ease connections for passengers traveling from the Middle East to America, allow them to use both carriers’ lounges and also enhance frequent flyer benefits.

Under the deal, which starts on September 15, Continental will place its CO flight number on Emirates services between Dubai and Gatwick that connect with Continental flights to and from Houston and New York Newark airports. Emirates will similarly place its EK code on Continental flights to and from Houston and New York Newark connecting via Gatwick with Emirates services to Dubai. This will allow passengers to check in just once, as well as receiving seat assignments and boarding passes to their final destination at the same time. Baggage will also be automically placed on the connecting flight.

The deal will also affect the carriers' frequent flyer programmes, as Continental OnePass and Emirates Skywards members will now be able to gain elite qualification and bonus miles on codeshare flights (CO*/EK*) operated by the two airlines. Continental BusinessFirst customers travelling between Dubai and the US will also have access to Emirates' business class lounge at Dubai International Airport, while Emirates business class customers flying between Dubai and the US will able to use Continental’s presidents’ club lounges at London Gatwick, New York Newark and Houston.

“This link will offer customers of both airlines seamless connections between our two countries, helping to boost trade and tourism,” says Ghaith Al Ghaith, Emirates’ executive vice president commercial operations worldwide.

“These connecting services will also complement our own non-stop flights between Dubai and New York, our first North American destination, which start from next year,” he adds.

David Grizzle, Continental’s senior vice president of corporate development adds that “we’re proud to be associated with an internationally acclaimed carrier that is as committed to excellence in customer service and product delivery as we are.”

“Our long-standing relationship with Emirates has proven particularly beneficial to Continental’s customers who have energy-related travel to the Middle East and Indian subcontinent, and the start of codesharing creates additional benefits and opportunities for customers of both airlines.”

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