Etihad Airways and Aer Lingus have signed an
interline and codeshare agreement which follows the Abu
Dhabi-based airline’s recent 2.987% equity purchase in the Irish
Within the agreement, Etihad Airways will
place its EY code on Aer Lingus flights between Dublin, Manchester
and London Heathrow, and destinations in Ireland, the British
Isles, the Channel Islands, Portugal, the Netherlands and the US.
In return, Aer Lingus will place its EI code
on Etihad Airways flights between Abu Dhabi and Dublin, and have
full access to flights across the network beyond Abu Dhabi, to
points including Australia, Asia Pacific, the Indian Subcontinent
and the Middle East.
“We are delighted to announce this new codeshare agreement
with Aer Lingus which will provide Etihad Airways’ customers with
new travel options and flight connections to Ireland, the UK,
continental Europe, and across the Atlantic to Boston and New
York,” said James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief
Executive Officer. “The codeshare agreement is an early
indication of the success of Etihad Airways’ strategic plan to
acquire equity in Aer Lingus and other airlines and the instant
benefit it brings to both airlines’ customers around the world.”
The new Etihad Airways codeshare flights are on
sale now for
travel from 15 September. Some of the routes are still subject to
The Etihad Airways EY code
will be placed on the following Aer Lingus flights:
• Between Dublin and Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Birmingham, Bristol,
Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Isle of Man, Jersey, Kerry, Lisbon,
London Gatwick, London Heathrow and Manchester.
London Heathrow and Dublin, Cork, and Shannon.
Manchester and Dublin, Cork, and Shannon.
• Between Dublin
and Boston and New York JFK.
Initially, members of
the Etihad Guest loyalty program will be able to earn miles on Aer
Lingus codeshare flights and further integration of frequent flyer
programs is under discussion.
operates 10 flights a week from Abu Dhabi to Dublin and has
carried more than 817,000 passengers between the two capitals
since it began flying the route in July, 2007.
airline has a
premium lounge at Dublin Airport, an engineering
maintenance facility and has conducted recruitment drives across
the country. It also recently renewed its
hurling sponsorship of
the Gaelic Athletic Association, signing a five-year deal.
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