On February 10, Dubai-based Emirates signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Maldivian, the flag carrier of the Maldives. With the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding, the two airlines will agree to explore possible partnership options. Although these are preliminary or tentative news, they have the potential to open up opportunities for codeshare, interlining and/or joint vacation packages.

“The Maldives is one of the most popular leisure destinations in the Emirates network and we are very pleased to explore a partnership with the local carrier in the country. A codeshare and interlining agreement will greatly benefit both carriers. “

-Adnan Kazim, Commercial Director of Emirates

Taking Emirates passengers where Emirates planes can’t

It is difficult, if not impossible, to get a Boeing 777 or Airbus A380 to many destinations around the world. If not due to technical limitations, it might simply be economically unviable to operate these large jets to small airports. That’s why Emirates depends on a long list of codeshare and interline agreements to get passengers to less traveled corners of the world, places where it wouldn’t make sense for its own fleet of big jets to go. give.

So while Emirates can and does fly its big jets to Malé Velana International Airport in the Maldives, there are plenty of other leisure destinations on small islands across the archipelago country. Although popular as leisure destinations, many of these small towns are only accessible by smaller aircraft, such as the Maldives’ Dash 8 regional turboprops.

With that in mind, an official statement notes that the two carriers are considering a codeshare agreement that will offer Emirates customers the ability to book and connect from Male to more than 15 domestic destinations and the international destinations served by Maldivian. Meanwhile, a deal would potentially offer Maldivian travelers easier access to Emirates’ extensive network of more than 120 destinations through its hub at Dubai International Airport.


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Emirates depends on airline partnerships to get to destinations its big jets can’t reach. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | single flight

More than just a codeshare or interline agreement

It is not just a partnership on flights that is being explored. Emirates and Maldivian will also seek to explore opportunities related to their respective tour operator divisions and subsidiaries. This, says Emirates, will “offer clients tailored packages that include hotel stays at world-class resorts and exclusive tours.”

Indeed, while Emirates may be able to offer citizens and residents of the Maldives easier access to the rest of the world, it seems that the main objective is to bring the world to the Maldives. The country’s tourism and leisure offerings make it a popular destination for Emirates.

Serving the archipelago since 1987, Emirates currently serves the island nation with an impressive 28 weekly flights. The carrier claims a “vital role” in supporting commercial and tourism activities in the Maldives.

“The airline was recently crowned the number one airline in the Maldives, connecting 265,000 passengers to the island nation from key markets including the UAE, UK, US, Russia and Germany. “

-Emirates


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Travel on a single route

At present, Emirates airline travelers traveling to smaller destinations in the Maldives should book a long-haul flight via Dubai with Male as the final destination of the itinerary. They would then need a separate booking with Maldivian to fly to these small island airports. A codeshare or interlining agreement between the two carriers would greatly benefit travelers planning a vacation in this corner of the world.

Currently, Emirates has standing codeshare agreements with 23 airline partners and two train companies. The airline also has interlining agreements with more than 115 airlines and railways.

Did you fly to the Maldives with Emirates? Where have you traveled with Maldivian? Share your experience by leaving a comment.


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