United Airlines used to partner with Emirates, and after a period of time trying to convince the U.S. government to keep Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar Airways out of U.S. markets they’ve rekindled the love. They’re re-launching their Emirates partnership.
That’s also kicking off some re-shuffling of partnerships in the Gulf. JetBlue is losing its partnership with Emirates and building up its partnership with Etihad, based a mere 72 miles away from Dubai in Abu Dhabi. (American Airlines has built a much closer relationship with Qatar Airways, and still partners with Etihad as well.)
This new United – Emirates partnership isn’t just about providing connecting feed to Emirates flights in the United States – bringing passengers to and from Emirates gateways for travel to Dubai and beyond to the Mideast, India and South Asia, and Africa – but is also going to be about providing connectivity for United beyond Dubai.
That’s right, United will be launching daily Dubai service on March 27, 2023.
Here’s the schedule operated by a United Airlines Boeing 777-200:
- Newark – Dubai, 10:15 p.m. – 7:40 p.m.+1
Dubai – Newark, 2:15 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
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United to launch EWR-DXB on 27 March 2023. Daily flights
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United used to fly Washington Dulles – Dubai but ended that service six years ago. It makes no sense to operate two DC – Dubai flights (Emirates flies the route, and there’s also Etihad and Qatar service from Dulles as well). Newark should make more sense for United, especially with connections beyond Dubai offered by Emirates.