Air travellers in the UAE now have greater
access to the American market, following regulatory approval for a
new codeshare agreement between Etihad Airways and American
The new codeshare agreement comes into
effect this week and coincides with the launch by Etihad Airways
of flights to Chicago on September 2, 2009.
codeshare agreement further extends the two airlines’ global
networks by providing easy access between Abu Dhabi and key cities
in the United States including Washington, Los Angeles, San
Francisco and Houston.
Etihad Airways will place
its ‘EY’ code on a number of transatlantic services operated by
the US carrier between Europe and the United States, as well as
selected domestic services operated by American Airlines beyond
New York and Chicago.
In turn, American Airlines
will place its own ‘AA’ code on services operated by Etihad
Airways between Abu Dhabi and New York, Chicago, Paris, Dublin,
Frankfurt, Manchester and Milan.
Airlines domestic routes within the US covered by the new
codeshare arrangement will initially include flights between New
York and Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco as well as
flights between Chicago and Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco
The transatlantic services include
American Airlines flights between: Paris and Boston, Chicago,
Miami; Dublin and Chicago; Frankfurt and Dallas/Fort Worth;
Manchester and Chicago; and Milan and New York.
Customers transferring between the two carriers will be able to
purchase a single ticket for their journey and enjoy the
convenience of being able to check in their luggage to their
Etihad Airways currently
flies to two destinations in North America: New York and Toronto
in Canada. The airline will begin flights to Chicago from
Wednesday 2 September, 2009. The route will be served initially
three times a week and will increase to six flights per week from
Sunday 1 November, before becoming a daily service from 1 January
American Airlines currently flies
transatlantic services from New York to Barcelona, Brussels,
Milan, London, Paris, Rome and Zurich; Chicago to Brussels,
Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Manchester, Moscow, New Delhi, Paris
and Rome; Miami to London, Madrid and Paris; Dallas/Fort Worth to
London, Madrid, Paris and Frankfurt; Los Angeles to London; and
Raleigh/Durham to London.
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