Bahrain’s Gulf Air and Dubai’s Emirates have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a deeper commercial cooperation between both carriers.
The MoU will set the framework between both carriers to establish a potential codeshare cooperation across the networks of each airline, extending reciprocal loyalty benefits on Gulf Air’s Falconflyer and Emirates’ Skywards, and discussions are also underway to initiate cargo cooperation.
The MoU was signed by Gulf Air’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed AlAlawi and Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline.
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.
Captain AlAlawi commented: “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.”
“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 strengthening our relationship in the future,” said Sir Tim Clark.
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 as well as with local travel agents
Gulf Air also announced that it has boosted frequencies to popular destinations in line with the increasing demand and the relaxed travel restrictions in many countries around the globe. The airline has increased frequencies to: Amman (double daily), Frankfurt (daily), Paris (daily), Casablanca, (3 weekly), Singapore (3 weekly), Bangkok (5 weekly), Istanbul (10 weekly), Dubai (49 weekly), Pakistan (35 weekly), Manila (9 weekly).