BA & Emirates end co-operation

British Airways and Emirates are to terminate their codeshare deal on flights between the UK and the UAE.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  July 12, 2004

British Airways and Emirates are to terminate their codeshare deal on flights between the UK and the UAE. Frequent flyers will also no longer be able to earn and burn FFP points across the two carriers’ networks. BA and Emirates have co-operated on EK’s daily services between Dubai and Manchester, and on BA’s flights between Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow since December 1998. The relationship between the two was extended further in May 2000 when they agreed a fully reciprocal FFP agreement. Both of these arrangements will come to an end at the end of the summer season (30th October 2004) following a review of the codeshare arrangements by both carriers. “We continually review our codeshare and FFP activity to ensure that all our relationships provide our customers with the maximum benefit,” says Terry Parry, BA’s marketing manager, Southern Gulf, Central Asia & Levant. “A recent joint review of our relationship concluded that the benefits our customers derive from it no longer justify its continued maintenance,” she adds. The effects of this are that BA Executive Club members and members of Emirates’ Skywards programme will no longer be able to earn points on the other carrier’s flights from the end of October. Redemption bookings on the other carrier will cease from 23:59 on 30 October 2004, and redemption travel will have to be completed by 31st May 2005. Frequent flyers who miss the deadline for claiming points will have an extra six months, until 30th April 2005, to back claim points; however this will only be permissible for flights taken before 30th October.

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