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Emirates and TAP Air Portugal Sign MOU to Expand Strategic Partnership

The expanded codeshare will offer guests of both carriers more destinations in the Americas, North Africa and East Asia, as well as more domestic connections in Portugal. The airlines are also exploring an expansion of frequent flyer and stopover programs.

Emirates and TAP Air Portugal Expand Strategic Partnership - Courtesy Emirates

On Monday (March 15, 2021), Emirates announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Tap Air Portugal. The expanded partnership will benefit guests of both airlines with more codeshare destinations in the Americas, North Africa and East Asia, as well as additional domestic destinations in Portugal. The carriers are also exploring the expansion of their current frequent flyer programs and leveraging each airline's award-winning ‘Stopover’ programs in Dubai and Lisbon. Emirates is also supporting TAP Air Portugal as they explore potential expansion opportunities in the UAE. Pending regulatory approvals, the expanded partnership is expected to come into effect from May 1, 2021.

In Monday’s announcement, Emirates’ Chief Commercial Officer, Adnan Kazim, said,

“Emirates and TAP Air Portugal have enjoyed a mutually successful codeshare partnership for the past eight years. We are delighted to expand this relationship and look forward to delivering even more benefits to our customers.”

Also commenting on the expanded partnership, Tap Air Portugal’s Chief Revenue Officer, Arik De, added,

“TAP Air Portugal is pleased to enhance our Emirates partnership, allowing our guests greater geographic access. We look forward to taking Emirates customers to more cities within Portugal, to our destinations in the Americas and North Africa, and for them to benefit from our Stopover Portugal program.”

With the expanded codeshare partnership, TAP Air Portugal will place their code on Emirates’ flights to popular East Asia destinations including Taipei, Tokyo, Osaka, Mumbai, Delhi, Dhaka, Male, Jakarta, Denpasar, Manila and Hanoi, as well as Barcelona and Mexico City. Emirates’ customers will enjoy seamless connectivity to additional domestic destinations in Portugal and other cities in TAP Air Portugal’s network in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, Morocco, Tunisia, Gambia and Cape Verde.

Source(s): Emirates, TAP Air Portugal