DUBAI, 16 November 2021: Emirates and Gulf Air, the national
airline of Bahrain, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore
a codeshare partnership.
The MoU will set the framework between both carriers to
establish potential codeshare cooperation across the networks of each airline,
extending reciprocal loyalty benefits on Emirates’ Skywards and Gulf Air’s
Falconflyer, and discussions are also underway to initiate cargo cooperation.
Signed on the first day of the Dubai Airshow, the MoU will
mark the beginning of closer ties between the two airlines. The MoU was signed
by Emirates president Sir Tim Clark and Gulf Air’s acting chief executive
officer Captain Waleed AlAlawi. The signing ceremony was also attended
executive management team from both airlines.
Customers travelling 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
Commenting on the development, Clark said: “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.”
Once the codeshare is activated, customers will be able to
book their travel with both airlines on emirates.com and gulfair.com, through
online travel agencies, and with local travel agents.
*Subject to government approvals.