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Airlines serving the United Arab Emirates-Mexico niche
The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven Emirates -countries ruled by Emirs- and includes: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al Qaiwain, Ras el Khaimah, and Fujairah. In this case, the one connected by direct flights to Mexico is Dubai, or more precisely, the eponymous city of Dubai, by way of the world-famous airline Emirates; Mexico is the second Latin American destination in Emirates’ destination portfolio, the first was Santiago de Chile (SCL), introduced in 2018.
With the launch of the recently introduced Emirates services, the market niche -regarding direct air travel- between the Middle East and Mexico has itself just taken off, so it will be interesting to see the number of passengers involved; the airline uses the Dubai International Airport (DBX) as its base, which was -according to Airports Council International- the world’s third busiest airport -in 2017- having registered over 88 mn. passengers for the year, or to be precise 88,242,099.
Mexican airlines with direct flights to the United Arab Emirates
There are currently no Mexican airlines providing direct flights between Mexico and the United Arab Emirates.
United Arab Emirates airlines with direct flights to Mexico
EMIRATES in Mexico
The airline Emirates recently -on Dec. 9, 2019- inaugurated a new route to the Mexican Republic, thus becoming the first carrier to land in the country by way of direct flights from the Middle East, the services uniting Dubai (DXB-MEX) Mexico City -with a stopover in Barcelona (BCN), Spain- offer daily flights.
Mexico is the second Latin American destination in Emirates’ destination portfolio, the first was Santiago de Chile (SCL), introduced in 2018, and of interest regarding the new services to Mexico is that Emirates launched a partnership with the Mexican LCC (Low Cost Carrier) Interjet in April 2019; initially, the agreement was introduced through a one-way Interline agreement, thus allowing Emirates’ passengers options to travel to Mexico City by way of 12 US gateways, the connecting flights being provided by Interjet.
More importantly, the said agreement was expanded -on Dec. 5, 2019- so Emirates’ passengers landing at Mexico City (MEX) now have the option to continue their onward journey -by way of Interjet- to the following cities: Leon/Guanajuato, Culiacan, Cancun, Chihuahua, Guadalajara, Merida, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta, Tampico, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Tijuana and Villahermosa, on the same ticket. For their part, Interjet passengers can now access Emirates’ destination portfolio through Mexico City to the Middle East, Spain, North Africa and South East Asia, as well as the Far East.
Emirates began operations in 1985, with its first flights -on October 25- uniting the Kingdom of Dubai (DXB-KHI) Karachi -Pakistan- and Dubai (DXB-BOM) Mumbai -India- and in the thirty-odd years since then, the company has grown to offer 159 destinations -in 86 countries- operating a fleet of 269 aircraft -according to the airline’s official Web site- and the plans are to continue growing so the company has just closed a deal for a further 50 x A350-900 XWB aircraft at the Dubai Airshow -on Nov. 18, 2019- with a price tag of US$ 16 bn.
In the year 2000, Emirates became the first company to place an order for the Airbus A380 aircraft -at the Farnborough Air Show, in the UK- the world’s largest commercial passenger aircraft, and -in 2013- the company inaugurated the world’s first purpose-built A380 facility -at Dubai (DBX)- where the airline’s Concourse A hosts the Emirates First and Business Class lounges, which offer -amongst other things- direct boarding to the upper deck of the A380 aircraft.
The following year -2014- Emirates was named the world’s “Most valuable airline brand,” by Brand Finance, which estimated the brand value to be US$3.7 billion. The next recognition to be claimed by Emirates -at the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2016- was its designation as the ‘World’s Best Airline,’ and -in 2017- this carrier announced the launch of the world’s first fully-enclosed First Class private suites.