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Emirates and FlyDubai Are Now Best Buddies

  • Dubai airlines strengthen partnership to beat turmoil
  • Shared destinations set to reach 240 over next four years
Dubai Air Show

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

When asked two years ago whether his Emirates airline and discount specialist FlyDubai would join forces, Tim Clark gave a withering look.

If ordered to do so by his bosses in Dubai then he would, Clark said, while making it abundantly clear that the process would be a painful one. Fast forward to the present day and the airlines are not just sister companies but partners -- sharing more routes, schedules and costs than ever before.