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Emirates celebrates 10 years of A380 & flydubai merger

Emirates is, this month, celebrating 10 years of A380 operations, announcing a merger alongside airline flydubai that combines their respective loyalty programmes into Emirates Skywards.

Over the 10 years of operation, Emirates has grown to be one of the world’s largest operator of the A380 aircraft, flying to 49 cities on 6 continents, as well as offering both the shortest A380 trip available (Dubai to Kuwait) and the longest (Dubai to Auckland, New Zealand).

According to Sir Tim Clark, Emirates Airline President, passengers love to fly on the A380 because of its spaciousness, and its iconic products such as the OnBoard Lounge, Shower Spa and First-Class suites that have, according to him, redefined air travel.

“It’s been 10 extraordinary years since the first Emirates A380 flight took to the skies, and today it has become one of the most recognisable and admired aircraft in the world,” Sir Clark said.

The Emirates A380 has had a significant impact on the aerospace industry, according to Sir Clark, as it has fueled hundreds of thousands of jobs and creating significant economic benefits in countries that have A380 production facilities.

“The aircraft continues to boost tourism and trade wherever it flies by stimulating further traffic and demand, and we hope that it continues to play an important role in the economies and societies that it serves in the years to come,” Sir Clark said.

The Dubai based airliner has also aligned with local airliner flydubai to merge their respective loyalty programmes, which, according to Dr Nejib Ben Khedher, the Senior Vice President of Emirates Skywards, will bring even more benefits to Emirates Skywards’ members.

Emirates’ loyalty programme, Emirates Skywards, is an award-winning programme that now includes flydubai benefits, offering four tiers of membership – Blue, Silver, Gold and Platinum – with each membership tier having exclusive privileges.

Emirates Skywards members earn Skyward Miles when they fly Emirates, flydubai or other partnering airlines, as well as when they use partnering hotels, car rentals, and leisure and lifestyle businesses.

“[The merge will give members] the opportunity to earn and spend Miles on an extended global route network, as well as select privileges on both airlines,” Dr Ben Khedher said.

Skyward Miles can be redeemed for a range of rewards, such as deals with Emirates and other Emirates Skywards partnering airlines, flight upgrades, hotel accommodation and more, as well as new privileges introduced with the flydubai merge including extra baggage allowances and priority check-in at flydubai’s Business Class counters.

“We’re bringing together the customers of both airlines under one programme, rewarding their loyalty as they take advantage of the Emirates and flydubai partnerships,” Nahed Al Kheily, Vice Presidents of Ancillary Revenue, said.

New Emirates Skywards members will receive a first flight bonus when they take their first Emirates or flydubai flight within six months of joining.