Emirates and flydubai have unveiled an extensive partnership which will see the two Dubai-based airlines join forces to offer customers unmatched travel options. Both airlines will continue to be managed independently, but will leverage each other’s network to scale up their operations and accelerate growth.The innovative partnership goes beyond code-sharing and includes integrated network collaboration with coordinated scheduling. The new model will give flydubai customers seamless connectivity to Emirates’ worldwide destinations spanning six continents. For Emirates’ customers, it opens up flydubai’s robust regional network.The two airlines will also further develop their hub at Dubai International, aligning their systems and operations to ensure a seamless travel experience through the ultra-modern airport; currently the world’s busiest for international passengers.HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Group and chairman of flydubai, said: “This is an exciting and significant development for Emirates, flydubai, and Dubai aviation. Both airlines have grown independently and successfully over the years, and this new partnership will unlock the immense value that the complementary models of both companies can bring to consumers, each airline, and to Dubai.”Emirates today has a wide-body fleet of 259 aircraft, flying to 157 destinations (including 16 cargo-only points). flydubai operates 58 New-Generation Boeing 737 aircraft to 95 destinations. The current combined network comprises 216 unique destination points.The partnership is working to optimise the networks and schedules of both airlines, to open up new city-pair connections offering consumers greater choice. Additionally, this will help both airlines feed more traffic into each other’s complementary networks. By 2022, the combined network of Emirates and flydubai is expected to reach 240 destinations, served by a combined fleet of 380 aircraft.The Emirates and flydubai teams are working together on a number of initiatives spanning commercial, network planning, airport operations, customer journey, and frequent flyer programmes alignment.The partnership will be rolled out over the coming months, with the first enhanced code-sharing arrangements starting in the last quarter of 2017. Further details will be communicated as they become available.Fully owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), both Emirates and flydubai are operated independently and under separate management teams.
King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal praises Conor McGregor: ‘The dude is a f*cking G, bro’ More From Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? HOUSTON — There was a time not long ago when Fedor Emelianenko was considered to be the greatest heavyweight on planet. But despite his mystique, his titles and his indomitable streak, the Russian could never agree to terms with the UFC.Now retired, Emelianenko recently attributed the insurmountable divide between the two sides to his belief that UFC President Dana White ‘personally hated’ him. White, however, scoffs at the notion.”Me and Lorenzo (Fertitta) were f–king laughing about that,” White said on Thursday. “Yeah so I hated him. Who did I hate worse than Tito (Ortiz)? The guy lost f–king 100 fights in a row and retired in the UFC.”We made every big fight with every fighter since we bought this company. You don’t think we wanted to do Fedor vs. Brock Lesnar? I f–king wanted to make that fight so bad.”White claims that he and UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta met with Emelianenko’s M-1 management multiple times at the height of Lesnar’s popularity within the UFC, even flying to a remote island to hammer out a deal. Nonetheless, the two sides failed to come together, largely in part to a series of excessive demands from the Russians, which included M-1 co-promotion among other aspects.”Brock wanted that fight. Brock wanted that fight bad,” White said.”We had to build a f–king stadium in Russia, and we had to do all this stupid s–t, stuff that no normal f–king human being would do. And now they lay in bed every night and regret not doing that deal.”There’s no question that in late-2009, when both men were at the peak of their immense powers — Lesnar fresh off a mauling of Frank Mir and Emelianenko still riding his incredible 27-fight unbeaten streak — the match-up would’ve generated a box office explosion, potentially eclipsing UFC 100 as the most ordered mixed martial arts pay-per-view of all-time.”I explained this to Fedor,” White said. “‘We’re catching a moment in time, right here, right now, where this fight between you and Brock Lesnar will be f–king massive. We’re talking Dallas, Texas Stadium. This huge fight between these two big heavyweight guys. We’re laying this massive f–king offer on the table.’ I said, ‘You’re one punch away from being worth f–king zero.'”‘This is the f–king moment, the time. We all need to seize this moment and make this f–king happen.'”To this day, White refuses to reveal exactly how much Zuffa offered Emelianenko. Though he ominously insists that it was, without question, the most UFC lucrative contract of its time.”It’s not even that I regret it,” White said. “Dude, when I tell you that we did everything — someday I’ll tell you the story of how much we offered that f–ker, too. People will f–king s–t. It made no sense. It’s one of those type of deals.”The NFL does $9 billion in television revenue. Makes no sense for the network. The network doesn’t make a dime off the NFL, but you gotta have the NFL, right? The NFL pulls ratings like anything. This was one of those deals where it’s like, this makes no f–king sense whatsoever. And literally when we got on the plane, when we were flying back, we were like, ‘Thank f–king God they turned that offer down.'”The fight lost its luster soon afterward as both Lesnar and Emelianenko went on to suffer a string of subsequent defeats, ultimately leading to the retirement of both men.Now the match-up is one of MMA’s biggest ‘what ifs,’ and White can’t help but look back on one of the most substantial missed opportunities of his tenure as UFC President.”Maybe he was (the best in the world),” White acknowledged of Emelianenko. “Maybe he was when he was fighting in Pride. Maybe he was. I don’t know, because we never got to make some of the fights we wanted to make.”Who knows. Maybe Fedor knocks out Brock, because we saw Brock against guys that hit hard. And that’s probably what (Fedor and Finkelstein) look at it now. Like, ‘Goddamn.'” Video: Aalon Cruz scores ridiculous jumping knee KO on Contender Series Latest From MMA Warehouse Standard Ranked Rashguard ProMax 440 BJJ GI Gloves Latest From Our Partners Colby Covington rips ‘diva’ Robbie Lawler for leaving American Top Team over a photo More: Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Esther Lin Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Standard BJJ Gi MMA Fighting Accessories ABC passes rule alteration to definition of grounded fighter Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Lockdown duffle bag Apparel Sale Dana White addresses contender status of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Corey Anderson Good Night Tee Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Should Frankie Edgar finally fight at bantamweight? Coach Ricardo Almeida weighs in