United Airlines has launched a new nonstop daily service between its New York/Newark hub and Dubai International (DXB).
United is the only US airline to offer non-stop flights between Dubai and the United States, flying to more destinations in the Middle East than any other US airline.
The new service marks United’s return to Dubai, which the airline previously served up until 2016.
The launch of the new service is part of United’s historic commercial agreement with Emirates, announced in 2022, enhancing each airline’s network and giving customers easier access to hundreds of destinations within the United States and around the world.
Customers from the US flying to Dubai can travel onwards with Emirates or its sister airline flydubai to more than 100 different cities, providing more options to connect across the Middle East than ever before, whilst customers flying from Dubai to New York can take advantage of onward connections with United to over 80 destinations across the Americas.
The agreement between United and Emirates also provides loyalty programme members of both airlines additional opportunities for more rewards: United MileagePlus members flying on United’s Newark/New York to Dubai flight can earn and redeem miles when connecting beyond to select Emirates destinations in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, whilst Emirates Skywards members will be able to earn miles when they travel on United operated flights.
Customers booked to fly in United Polaris can also take advantage of access to Emirates lounges when travelling on, or connecting to and from, United’s new Dubai service, it stated.
"At United, we’re committed to expanding and enhancing our network to give our customers the best access to destinations around the world – all while having a best-in-class travel experience," noted Patrick Quayle, United’s Senior Vice President of Global Network Planning and Alliances.
"Our new service between New York/Newark and Dubai, along with our new partnership with Emirates and flydubai, makes it even easier for customers to travel to Dubai or connect to any of the hundred destinations offered by our partners across Africa, the Middle East and Asia," he added.
Majed Al Joker, Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Airports, said: "The new service enhances DXB's connectivity with the United States, reinforcing our position as a leading global hub, and enabling us to offer our guests greater access to destinations across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and beyond."
"We look forward to continuing our partnership with United to deliver a seamless experience for hundreds of thousands of flyers each year while providing them with more choice and travel options," he added.
The new route from Dubai to New York/Newark demonstrates United’s transatlantic leadership among U.S. airlines. As well as Dubai, the airline’s 2023 summer schedule includes adding flights to Malaga, Spain and Stockholm, Sweden, and eight more flights to some of the most popular destinations in Europe: Rome, Naples, Paris, Barcelona, London, Edinburgh, Berlin and Shannon.
Along with adding new flights, United will fly nine routes it added in summer 2022, including direct flights between New York/Newark and Nice; Denver and Munich; Boston and London Heathrow; Chicago/O’Hare and Zurich; and Chicago/O’Hare and Milan, as well as flights to four destinations not served by any other North American airline - Amman, Jordan; Azores, Portugal; Palma de Mallorca, Spain and Tenerife, Spain.-TradeArabia News Service