Etihad Airways is expanding
its global network by providing its customers with access for the first time
to destinations in Spain, following the expansion of its existing codeshare agreement with Brussels Airlines of Belgium.
Under the deal, which comes into effect on March 29, the Abu Dhabi-based
airline will place its two-letter ‘EY’ code on Brussels Airlines’
flights from the Belgian capital to the Spanish capital city of Madrid
as well as the Catalan city of Barcelona. The agreement also includes
the city of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.
the extended codeshare agreement will give air travellers from the three
European cities access, via Brussels, to Etihad’s home base of Abu Dhabi
and beyond it to many international destinations on the airline’s global
network in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive, said, “Brussels Airlines
represents one of our most established and successful codeshare
agreements. Over time, the agreement has evolved in line with our own
ambitious expansion plans, opening up markets to which our airline has
previously not had access.
“This latest arrangement is a
huge boost to our global network and gives us entry into the Spanish
market for the first time, as well as one of the UK’s most important
Etihad’s codeshare agreement with
Brussels Airlines is one of the airline’s longest established and has
evolved significantly since the original deal was signed in October
In October 2008, the agreement was expanded to
provide customers with access for the first time to the Scandinavian
destinations of Oslo (Norway), Stockholm and Gothenburg (both Sweden),
Helsinki (Finland) and Copenhagen (Denmark).
The start of
the extended codeshare deal coincides with the start of Etihad’s new
summer schedule, which will see an increase in the number of flights
between Abu Dhabi and the Belgian capital. Flights to Brussels will
increase from four to six flights a week from 29 March.
The original code-share deal between Etihad and Brussels Airlines
(formerly SN Brussels) came into force in October 2005. Under this
agreement, Brussels Airlines places its code on all Etihad flights
between Brussels and Abu Dhabi.
Etihad currently has 14
other codeshare agreements with Aer Arann, Bangkok Airways, Brussels
Airlines, Jet Airways, Kuwait Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Middle East
Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Royal Air Maroc, Saudi Arabia
Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines, Yemen Airways and UK-based airline, bmi.
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