Air Seychelles, the national airline of the
Republic of Seychelles, and airberlin, Europe’s seventh largest
airline, have signed a codeshare agreement allowing
customers from each of the two carriers to fly seamlessly between
Germany and Seychelles via Abu Dhabi.
Initially, the agreement, which comes into
effect immediately, will see Air Seychelles’ HM code placed on
four of airberlin’s daily return services between Abu Dhabi and
Berlin and Düsseldorf. The four weekly connections to Germany
complement Air Seychelles’ existing 26 weekly codeshare
connections with Etihad Airways to Frankfurt, Munich and
airberlin will initially place its AB
code on four of Air Seychelles’ weekly return flights to Abu Dhabi
from the Seychelles, complementing the German carrier’s existing
four codeshare connections to Seychelles with Etihad Airways
providing passengers a daily connection from Germany to Mahé.
The two airlines are both members of the Etihad
Airways strategic equity alliance, with the Abu Dhabi-based
airline holding a 40% stake in Air Seychelles, and a 29.21% stake in airberlin.
The new codeshare
arrangement will give European travellers immediate access to a
total of 38 flights a week to Seychelles from four German hubs
(Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich) on the combined airberlin,
Air Seychelles and Etihad Airways network.
total number of flights a week between Germany and Seychelles will
leap to 54 flights a week when the new Etihad Airways and Air
Seychelles schedules take effect from 24 March 2013.
partnership between airberlin and Air Seychelles allows both
companies’ passengers to book and travel with just one ticket for
their entire journey via Abu Dhabi.
“More than 28,000
German tourists visited Seychelles in 2012, a 20% increase
over 2011. Germany is among our island’s fastest growing markets
so these new air links are vital to our tourism sector, the
Seychelles’ most important industry,” said Cramer Ball, Air
Seychelles’ Chief Executive Officer. “We are
confident the new connections and seamless flight experience will appeal to German travellers and ultimately deliver a new source of
revenue, continuing Air Seychelles progress toward sustainable
profitability in 2013 and beyond.”
Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, Chief Executive Officer of
airberlin, added, "The codeshare agreement with Air Seychelles is equally important for airberlin in a number of ways. Firstly, we
are able to make our route network even more attractive by enhancing the number of weekly codeshare connections to the
Seychelles. Secondly, the new agreement once again illustrates the
enormous potential that the partnership with Etihad Airways offers
in terms of the joint marketing of the route network and the
targeted use of synergies across all areas."
Subject to regulatory approval, the airlines plan to expand the
scope of the agreement to include more destinations on their
respective networks and implement frequent flyer program
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