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United Air, Emirates End Years of Rancor With Unlikely Pact

  • Partnership brings reciprocal access to hundreds of cities
  • Gulf carrier sees accord growing into deeper relationship
Passengers board a flight from New York. 

Passengers board a flight from New York. 

Photographer: Eleonore Sens/AFP/Getty Images

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United Airlines Holdings Inc. and Dubai-based Emirates have agreed to an alliance enabling them to sell tickets on each other’s flights, a reversal of years of discord between the two global carriers.

The codeshare agreement will expand the international presence of both companies, United Chief Executive Officer Scott Kirby said Wednesday at Dulles International Airport near Washington. Airlines use such accords to grow their networks at little extra cost.