Emirates and Maldivian Sign Interline Agreement to Enhance Connectivity
An Interline Agreement for Seamless Connections
Emirates and Maldivian have entered into an interline agreement which became effective on September 15th, 2023. This partnership is aimed at providing passengers with seamless connections to 16 destinations in the Maldives. The agreement will ensure easy baggage transfers and single-ticket booking, greatly enhancing the convenience of travel to and from the Maldives for passengers of both airlines.
Emirates has been operating flights to the Maldives since 1987 and currently offers 28 weekly flights. On the other hand, Maldivian operates a fleet of 24 aircraft and is set to begin widebody operations with Airbus A330-200s soon. This partnership will allow Emirates’ passengers to connect to destinations across the Maldivian archipelago via Velana International Airport in the North Malé atoll. Conversely, Maldivian passengers will gain access to over 140 destinations on Emirates’ global network.
Leadership Insights on the Interline Agreement
Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Chief Commercial Officer, expressed his pleasure at the new partnership, stating that it allows them to extend their reach into more points in the Maldives. By partnering with the Maldivian flag carrier, they can offer customers smooth connections when flying to a wide array of islands within the country via Malé.
Ibrahim Hamdhan Mohamed, the General Manager – Commercial at Maldivian, was also pleased with the agreement. He stated that the partnership would increase the visibility of their extensive domestic network and align perfectly with their objective of providing seamless connectivity to travelers.
Maldivian’s Foray into Widebody Operations
The Maldivian flag carrier will soon embark on widebody operations when the first of two Airbus A330-200s arrives later this year. It is unclear, however, which routes the airline will deploy these aircraft on.
Existing Interline Agreements and International Operations
Emirates already has established interline agreements with over 100 airlines worldwide, including Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air Canada, KLM, Malaysia Airlines, and Vistara. Maldivian also flies to several international destinations, including Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, and Dhaka, and will begin flying to Bengaluru in October.
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