Etihad Airways and Hong Kong Airlines have
expanded their codeshare agreement.
The two airlines have obtained regulatory
approval to codeshare on nine additional routes, bringing the
total number of services in their codeshare agreement to fourteen.
Under the expanded codeshare agreement, Hong
Kong Airlines has placed its ‘HX’ code on Etihad Airways’ flights
between Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE, and a number of
the most-visited cities in Europe and North America, including
Paris, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Manchester, Milan, Munich, New York
Etihad Airways has placed its ‘EY’ code on Hong
Kong Airlines’ scheduled flights between Hong Kong and Auckland, New Zealand.
Kevin Knight, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer
at Etihad Aviation Group, said, “Our codeshare agreement with Hong
Kong Airlines was initiated in 2014 with a primary focus on
enhanced connectivity between Asia and the Middle East. Ever since
then, we have continuously reviewed opportunities to provide
improved offerings and greater access to our customers in Hong
Kong, Abu Dhabi and beyond. The expanded codeshare will drive
commercial opportunities for both airlines, and more importantly unleash the true benefits of the partnership by offering business
and leisure travellers enhanced connections and a more frequent service between Australasia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and
Etihad Airways and Hong Kong Airlines
initiated their codeshare agreement in December 2014, allowing
Etihad Airways to place its ‘EY’ code on Hong Kong Airlines’
flights between Hong Kong and Bangkok, and on flights between Hong
Kong and Okinawa, while Hong Kong Airlines placed its ‘HX’ code on
Etihad Airways’ service between Abu Dhabi and Bangkok. The
codeshare partnership was expanded in June 2015 with ‘HX’ code on
Etihad Airways’ Madrid and Hong Kong services.
Airways will increase the frequency of its Madrid service from
four flights a week to daily from 1 June 2017, with Hong Kong
Airlines also codesharing on the additional flight.
Li Dianchun, Chief Commercial
Officer of Hong Kong Airlines, said, “We are glad to strengthen
the partnership with Etihad Airways through a codeshare expansion.
There is an increasingly strong demand in Asia for travel to the
GCC region, Europe and the Americas. On the other hand, the
visitors from the GCC region and even Europe will also enjoy
convenient connections via Hong Kong to Auckland, one of the most
popular destinations in the southern hemisphere. We have no doubt
the enhanced connectivity will provide a wider range of choices
while experiencing the world-class services and products offered
by both airlines.”
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