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Eitad Airways extends codeshare agreement with Air France


Etihad Airways has further developed its relationship with Air France-KLM, with the announcement that the UAE flag carrier will lease an Air France Airbus A340-300 for use on the Paris-Abu Dhabi route from May 15 to November 30. Under the arrangement, Air France will run the 272 seat aircraft as one of Etihad Airways’ 2 daily Paris-Abu Dhabi return services.

Last October, Etihad Airways and Air France-KLM forged a tactical collaboration which allowed the 2 airline groups to work together to create value for each airline.

The agreement extended the UAE flag carrier’s European network with code-share services beyond Paris to Bordeaux, Copenhagen, Madrid, Nice and Toulouse, and saw Air France place its AF flight code on Etihad Airways operated flights between Paris Charles de Gaulle and Abu Dhabi, and to cities further afield. The agreement also played a crucial role in Etihad Airways revealing direct Amsterdam-Abu Dhabi services effective May 15, in addition to KLM boosting its direct Amsterdam-Abu Dhabi services to daily from summer 2013.

Kevin Knight, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer at Etihad Airways, said: “This agreement to wet-lease an Air France A340-300 aircraft demonstrates the mutual benefits generated by our close relationship with Air France-KLM. On the back of recent announcements, this latest cooperation deal is good for both carriers in terms of better optimising our fleets for the rest of 2013.

“The temporary wet-leased EY37 and EY38 return service will also see Etihad Airways cabin crew on board, working alongside Air France attendants to provide our guests with an inspired travelling experience that the world’s leading airline is best known for.”

 

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Etihad Airways cancels to flights to Syria


Etihad Airways has become the latest airline to suspended flights Damascus due to the deteriorating security position in Syria.

The flights, which had operated out of the UAE flag-carrier’s base in Abu Dhabi will be halted with immediate effect and until further notice.

“The safety of passengers and crew is paramount to the airline,” Etihad said in a statement.

Etihad Airways confirmed it would notify affected passengers and offer a full refund for unused tickets.

Air France, Turkish Airways, and Aeroflot are among the other carriers to have cancelled flights into the Syrian capital in recent days.

 
 

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Etihad Airways strengthens ties with Italy’s flag carrier Alitalia


Abu Dhabi based airline Etihad Airways is expanding its codeshare partnership with Italy’s flag carrier Alitalia. Subject to government approvals, from December 1st, Alitalia will operate the four weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Rome using an Airbus A330 aircraft Etihad Airways.

The flights, with seating capacity for 230 passengers, will operate on a split schedule, ensuring maximum connectivity over Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi hub.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ president and chief executive officer, said: “The ties between the UAE and Italy have never been stronger, and one of our key objectives all along was to provide our passengers with a direct service to Rome.

“We signed our initial codeshare with Alitalia back in December 2009, and it has been a great success. Extending the deal now to cover direct Rome-Abu flights is a natural next step.

“Ultimately, this is fantastic news for both airlines’ passengers, giving them direct access to Rome and Abu Dhabi respectively, and beyond right across both networks, and at the same time allowing them to earn and burn frequent flyer miles on both airlines’ combined networks.”

Etihad Airways will place its EY code on the new Rome (Fiumicino) flights, providing travellers with direct access to the Italian capital from Abu Dhabi, building on the daily service it already operates to the northern Italian city of Milan.

In addition, Etihad Airways will codeshare on Alitalia operated flights beyond Rome to the cities of Venice and Zurich. The UAE flag carrier already codeshares on Alitalia-operated flights from Rome to Milan, Frankfurt, Munich, Geneva and Athens.

Alitalia will continue to place its AZ code on Etihad Airways flights from Abu Dhabi to Bahrain, Muscat, Johannesburg, Bangkok, Melbourne and Sydney.

Andrea Ragnetti, CEO of Alitalia, said: “I am proud to announce this important new route that Alitalia will operate from 1 December. It’s the next step in a successful collaboration which we started in 2009 with Etihad Airways.

“The new Rome-Abu Dhabi route will allow both companies to offer their passengers a new direct service and in particular for Alitalia passengers from Rome, it will further open the doors to exceptional business and tourist destinations around the world on Etihad Airways’ network.”

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Etihad Airways boosts Brisbane services


Compare Car HireEtihad Airways has announced plans to increase flights between Brisbane and Abu Dhabi from three times a week to a daily service from February 1st, 2013.

This will bring to 28 the total number of flights Etihad Airways operates between Australia and Abu Dhabi, together with partner airline Virgin Australia.

The additional four services will continue to operate via Singapore in both directions and provide a new daily link between the city pairs.

James Hogan, chief executive of Etihad Airways, said the increase in frequency was a game-changing move for the airline on the Abu Dhabi-Singapore-Australia route.

“Going daily to Brisbane and Singapore puts Etihad Airways in a stronger competitive position and will increase the airline’s brand footprint exponentially in these markets.

“We are now able to offer corporate and leisure travellers a more appealing proposition: more flights, more convenience, improved connections and a wider choice of destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Gulf Cooperation Countries, and on the Virgin Australia domestic network.

“These extra flights to Brisbane and Singapore underscore the strategic importance of Australia and the Asia Pacific region and the contribution each makes to the airline’s goal of sustainable profitability.

“We look forward to working with our partners in government and industry to increase business and leisure tourism and to cement the route’s enduring success.”

Etihad is considered the World’s Leading Airline by the World Travel Awards.

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Car Hire UAE: Etihad Airways and Aer Lingus boost cooperation


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Etihad Airways and Aer Lingus have signed an interline and codeshare agreement which follows the UAE national airline’s recent 2.987 per cent equity purchase in the Irish air 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 UK, 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. In addition to the codeshare with Aer Lingus, Etihad Airways has 35 other codeshare agreements in place with airlines across the world.

Codeshare partnerships, along with equity acquisitions and organic growth, form the three pillars of Etihad Airways expansion plans.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive, said: “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.

“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.”

Christoph Mueller, Aer Lingus’ chief Executive, said: “Today’s announcement supports Aer Lingus’ strategy to provide greater access and choice to our customers. We are delighted to welcome Etihad Airways on board as a codeshare partner.”

Etihad Airways – considered the World’s Leading Airline by the World Travel Awards and Aer Lingus continue to discuss additional commercial and cost opportunities to develop a closer working relationship in areas such as joint procurement.

Initially, members of the Etihad Guest loyalty programme will be able to earn miles on Aer Lingus codeshare flights and further integration of frequent flyer programmes is under discussion.

Etihad Airways operates ten 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.

 
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Posted by on 30/07/2012 in Airlines

 

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Etihad Airways given go ahead to boost Virgin Australia stake


Visit Car Hire Assistant for a Quote!Etihad Airways has welcomed the decision by the Australian government to allow the airline to increase its equity stake in Virgin Australia to a maximum of ten per cent. Etihad Airways currently has a 4.99 per cent stake in Virgin Australia, acquired earlier this year, and had applied to the Foreign Investment Review Board to raise the level of its investment.

The purchase was made following the development of a highly successful multi-tiered partnership between the two airlines that includes code-sharing on flights, joint marketing initiatives and reciprocal earn-and-burn on their respective frequent flier programmes.

Together, Etihad Airways and Virgin Australia currently operate 24 flights per week between Australia and Abu Dhabi offering Australian travellers and visitors to Australia greater choice and access to a combined network of more than 285 global destinations.

The first Etihad Airways flights from Sydney to Abu Dhabi took place in March 2007 and since then it has started flights from Brisbane and Melbourne, with plans for services from Perth in future. In total, nearly two million passengers have flown with Etihad Airways between Australia and its Abu Dhabi hub.

Etihad Airways has three regional offices and a line maintenance facility in Australia, and now employs more than 300 Australian members of staff who are based in Australia, Abu Dhabi and at stations around the world.

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Posted by on 19/07/2012 in Airlines

 

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Abu Dhabi begins world-tour in support of F1 Grand Prix


Visit Car Hire Assistant for a Quote!Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority is gearing up for a globe-trotting summer promotional tour designed to heighten international footfall at the Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November.

Held in conjunction with Yas Marina Circuit, the venue for the November 2nd-4th spectacle, and Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national carrier and the event’s headline sponsor, the promotional tour will span seven countries.

All of these are currently among Abu Dhabi’s top 20 international source markets for the first five months of the year: the UK (1), Germany (3), Saudi Arabia (6), France (8), China (13), Australia (15) and Russia (20).

“Historically, one-in-five Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ticket-buyers have been non-UAE residents,” said Nick McElwee, director of sales and marketing, Yas Marina Circuit.

“This year, as part of collective efforts with key stakeholders to further build the event’s international profile, we have evolved our sales strategy to encompass wider destination marketing alongside generic race promotion.”

Having ignited activations in Lorient, France, and Galway, Ireland, to coincide with the final two Volvo Ocean Race stopovers, the destination-themed tour also leverages motorsport-specific events, such as last week’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone (July 8th).

Plans are already in place to encompass several key Abu Dhabi sport sponsorships and dovetail a host of global events, including next week’s

Moscow City Racing festival in Russia, as well as Manchester City Football Club’s summer tour of Asia, for which TCA Abu Dhabi is the headline sponsor.

The English Premier League champions’ Far East tour involves a mouth-watering clash against domestic rivals, Arsenal, at the Olympic Stadium in Beijing, China, on July 27th, before a match against a Malaysian Allstars XI in Kuala Lumpur three days later.

China currently ranks as Abu Dhabi’s 13th largest international source market and TCA Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit and Etihad Airways, City’s principal sponsors, will collectively utilise significant brand placement opportunities to promote the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Posted by on 10/07/2012 in Tourism News

 

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