Etihad Airways and EGYPTIAR have recently announced successful expansion of their codeshare partnership.
In March 2017 the first phase of the deal was launched when Etihad Airways and EGYPTAIR were seen putting their codes on each other’s flights between Abu Dhabi and Cairo. The second phase of partnership will extend the current cooperation with Etihad Airways by putting ‘EY’ code over EGYPTAIR flights to a number of African destinations, including Ndjamena in Chad, Nairobi, Kenya, Khartoum in Sudan, Entebbe in Uganda, and Johannesburg in South Africa, and as per approval of the governments, flying to Nigeria, Eritrea and Tanzania, through the Star Alliance carrier’s Cairo hub.
With this codeshare partnership Etihad Airways and EGYPTIAR will be covering up more destinations in Africa, North Asia and Australia and providing higher range of benefits and convenience to the customers.
Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, Peter Baumgartner, commenting on the agreement said that EGYPTAIR is one of the oldest and most experienced airlines in the region with a major presence in cities across the African continent. He said, “The forging of closer codeshare ties between our two airlines means unprecedented access to many new gateways for Etihad’s customers while bolstering our services to markets we already serve, such as Tanzania and Kenya, by connecting easily through Cairo onto EGYPTAIR’s African network.”
Expanding the partnership EGYPTIAR will also place its ‘MS’ code on Etihad Airways flights from Abu Dhabi to Seoul, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, and on government approvals to China also.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EGYPTAIR HOLDING, Safwat Mussalam, said that One of EGYPTAIR’s strategy pillars is successful cooperation with thier partners to enhance and expand thier reach beyond thier network. He also said, “The expansion of cooperation between EGYPTAIR and Etihad Airways will give our customers seamless access to major cities in Australia and South Korea.”
Etihad Airways is operating flights on Abu Dhabi – Cairo route since 2004, and daily five flights are operated between the capitals by Etihad Airways. Three daily services are also been operated by EGYPTIAR on the same on the same route.
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