United and Emirates New Agreement to Benefit Growing Travel Demand

Emirates and United announced a historic commercial agreement that will enhance each airline’s network and give their customers easier access to hundreds of new destinations. As part of the partnership, United will be operating a new daily flight between Newark and Dubai.


  • United to launch new nonstop flights between Newark/New York and Dubai starting in March of 2023; Connecting customers through Dubai to more than 100 new destinations on Emirates and flydubai
  • Emirates customers to connect on United to nearly 200 new cities in the Americas, through Chicago, San Francisco and Houston

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United and Emirates New Agreement to Benefit Growing Travel Demand

On Wednesday, Emirates and United announced a historic partnership that will enhance each airline's network and give their customers access to hundreds of new destinations. Continue reading to know the benefits of this partnership to customers amid the increasing travel demand.

Emirates and United Expand Market Presence through New Agreement


From November, Emirates customers flying into Chicago, San Francisco, and Houston - three of the biggest business hubs in the U.S – will be able to easily connect onto United flights to and from nearly 200 cities across the Americas on a single ticket.

Emirates and United:

At the eight other U.S. airports served by Emirates – Boston, Dallas, LA, Miami, JFK, Orlando, Seattle and Washington DC – both airlines will have an interline arrangement in place.


United will launch a new direct flight between Newark/New York and Dubai starting 25th March 2023 - from there, customers will be able to travel on Emirates or its sister airline flydubai to more than 100 cities. Tickets for United’s new Dubai flight are available for booking by the passengers.

United New York/Newark to Dubai Flight Schedule:

From 25th March 2023, United Airlines will be operating a new daily direct flight between Newark (EWR) and Dubai (DXB). The flight will operate with the following schedule:

Flight NoDepartureArrivalFrequencyDurationAircraft
Newark EWR - Dubai DXBUA 16422:1519:40
Daily Non-Stop
13h 25m
Boeing 777-200ER
Dubai DXB - Newark EWRUA 16302:1509:0514h 50m

Flight UA164 will depart Newark at 10:15 PM to arrive in Dubai at 7:40 PM (+1 day). Flight UA163 will depart Dubai at 2:15 AM to arrive in Newark at 9:05 AM. The flight will be operated using a Boeing 777-200ER.

Agreement announced at a Ceremonial Event:

Emirates and United announced their agreement at a ceremonial event at Dulles International Airport, hosted by United CEO Scott Kirby and Emirates President Sir Tim Clark, featuring United and Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and flight crews from each carrier.

Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “Two of the biggest, and best-known airlines in the world are joining hands to fly people better to more places, at a time when travel demand is rebounding with a vengeance. It’s a significant partnership that will unlock tremendous consumer benefit and bring the United Arab Emirates and the United States even closer. We welcome United’s return to Dubai next year, where our hub Dubai essentially becomes a gateway for United to reach Asia, Africa and the Middle East via the combined network of Emirates and flydubai. We look forward to developing our partnership with United for the long term.”

Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines said: “This agreement unites two iconic, flag carrier airlines who share a common commitment to creating the best customer experience in the skies. United’s new flight to Dubai and our complementary networks will make global travel easier for millions of our customers, helping boost local economies and strengthen cultural ties. This is a proud moment for both United and Emirates employees, and I look forward to our journey together.”

Benefits to Customers under the Agreement:

Customers of both airlines can soon book these connecting flights on a single ticket – making check-in and luggage transfer faster and easier.

Earn and Redeem miles:

This agreement will also give the loyalty program members of both airlines more opportunities for more rewards.

Emirates Skywards members can soon earn miles when they travel on United-operated flights, and United Mileage Plus members flying on United’s New York/Newark to Dubai flight will be able to earn and redeem miles when connecting beyond on Emirates and flydubai.

Lounge Access:

Eligible customers travelling on codeshare flights will also soon enjoy access to Emirates and United lounges.

Investments into Customer Experience:

Both airlines have recently announced significant investments in the customer experience. Emirates will retrofit more than 120 aircraft as part of a $2 billion effort, and United will add 500 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft to its fleet.


As part of the partnership, United will be operating a new daily flight between Newark and Dubai as of March 2023, and we can see the two airlines cooperating closely.

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