Etihad Airways and Aer Lingus to Codeshare

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Thursday, 2 August 2012

Etihad Airways and Aer Lingus have signed an interline and codeshare agreement which follows the Abu Dhabi-based airlines recent 2.987% equity purchase in the Irish carrier.

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 regulatory approvals.

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.

Between London Heathrow and Dublin, Cork, and Shannon.

Between 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.

Etihad Airways 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.

The 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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