Alitalia and Etihad Airways have exchanged a
Memorandum of Understanding that confirms the airlines’ intention
to operate a codeshare agreement from the start of the Northern
Summer season in April 2010, subject to government approvals.
The agreement will mean Etihad customers
around the world will be able to fly to two new Italian
destinations, Rome and Naples. Alitalia customers will be able to
fly directly from Italy to Abu Dhabi and will have greater and
easier access to the airline’s expanding network of more than 55
Under the proposed deal, Etihad will place its
two-letter ‘EY’ code on a number of services operated by Alitalia
from Milan to Rome and Naples, and between selected European
destinations and Rome, including Frankfurt, Geneva and Munich. In
turn, Alitalia will place its ‘AZ’ code on Etihad’s flights
between Milan and the airline’s Abu Dhabi home base, and onto
Bahrain, Muscat, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Bangkok, Sydney and
Etihad currently operates five direct services
to Milan (Malpensa) per week.
Rocco Sabelli, Alitalia’s chief executive said,
“The planned agreement with Etihad is an exciting development for
Alitalia, as it is a further step in our strategy of connecting
Italy to the most important destinations around the world,
building on our strength in the Italian market.
“This agreement meets Alitalia’s plans for
services to destinations in a very dynamic area, and it
complements our strategy towards the Milan and northern Italy
Etihad and Alitalia also intend to implement a
reciprocal agreement to link their frequent flyer programmes.
Under the proposed plan, members of both award-winning programmes
will be able to earn and redeem miles when travelling on all
Etihad and Alitalia flights.
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