Emirates has agreed a new codeshare which will see it market up to 300 daily Alaska Airlines flights.
Pending US government approval, the agreement will allow customers to purchase connecting flights on both airlines using one reservation, plus reciprocal lounge access.
The Dubai carrier flies twice daily to Seattle, and “the enhanced codeshare agreement gives passengers easy 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,” it said in a statement.
Brad Tilden, chief executive and president of Alaska Airlines, added that he expects an uptick in the number of passengers connecting between the two airlines.
“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 travelling between Alaska and Emirates,” he said.
Emirates first launched its service to Seattle in March 2012 and said it has since flown more than 600,000 passengers on the route. On July 7, it announced its second daily service from Dubai to Seattle, operated with a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, which took its number of weekly seats to Seattle to 4,340.
Emirates started flying to the United States in 2004 when it launched its New York route.
In August, Emirates announced a new codeshare agreement with Thailand-based Bangkok Airways that would open up 14 new Asian destinations.
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