Emirates Announces Codeshare Agreement with Alaska Airlines
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-900
Dubai - Emirates today announced a new codeshare and lounge agreement with Alaska Airlines (AS).
Subject to governmental approval, Emirates will marketing up to 300 daily Alaska Airlines flights, allowing customers to purchase connecting flights on both airlines using one reservation and ticketing, check-in, boarding and baggage check experience during the entire journey. In addition, the new codeshare agreement will feature several other new benefits including reciprocal lounge access.
With two daily flights now departing from Dubai to Seattle, the codeshare agreement will provide passengers connections to 49 cities including Honolulu, Denver, Las Vegas, Portland, Phoenix, Pullman, Sacramento, Spokane, Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks as well as Canadian destinations such as Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria.
In addition to the codeshare agreement, Emirates frequent flyer program known as Skywards Gold & Platinum members will have access to Alaska Airlines board room lounges in Anchorage, Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles any time they book an Emirates flight that connects with Alaska Airlines.
Likewise, Alaska Airlines frequent flyer program known as MVP Gold and MVP Gold 75K members will have access to Emirates business class lounges at Dubai.
Since launching a frequent flier partnership in 2012, members of Emirates Skywards and Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan earned and redeemed miles for travel.
Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, said: “Passengers will appreciate the greater choice, improved connections and many added comforts and conveniences such as lounge access and priority check-in, as a result of our new codeshare agreement with Alaska Airlines,”
“Alaska Airlines’ superior service and exceptional connectivity across the US and Canada, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, perfectly complements our global network and extends the range of travel options for both our customer bases.”
Brad Tilden, chief executive officer and president of Alaska Airlines, added: “Our new codeshare agreement gives customers connecting through our West Coast hubs seamless access to Emirates’ global network.
“As Seattle’s hometown airline, our partnership already connects 2,500 customers a week to Emirates and we expect that to increase as we streamline the travel experience for customers traveling between Alaska and Emirates. In addition, elite members of our Mileage Plan program will enjoy unique access to the stunning Emirates lounges at Dubai.”
Emirates first launched service to Seattle just over three years ago in March 2012 and has since flown more than 600,000 passengers on the route. On 7th July, Emirates announced its second daily service from Dubai to Seattle. This second Seattle flight, operated with a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, takes the number of weekly seats to Seattle to 4,340.
At Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, Alaska Airlines operates from Concourses C, D, and N, with a tram ride to the Emirates gates at the South Satellite.
Travelers flying to any of Emirates’ 10 U.S. destinations can connect to more than 90 cities across America, Canada and Latin America through the Dubai based carrier's five partner airlines, Jet Blue, Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, WestJet Airlines and Porter Airlines.
Emirates has carried more than 11 million passengers on U.S. flights since launching services to New York in 2004. The airline currently serves 10 U.S. gateways – Orlando (MCO), Chicago (ORD), Boston (BOS), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Seattle (SEA), Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH), Washington (IAD) and New York (JFK), as well as operating a trans-Atlantic route between JFK and Milan and a freighter service to Atlanta. Emirates SkyCargo transports up to 650 tons of U.S. exports each week.