Etihad Airways has recently announced that it has entered into agreements with six international airlines, in a move to expand its network and provide greater connectivity to its customers. The airline has launched reciprocal interline partnerships with three new airline partners, namely Philippine Airlines, Austrian Airlines, and Airlink South Africa, while re-launching interline links with Biman Bangladesh and codeshares with Air Seychelles and ITA Airways.
With these agreements, customers of all airlines involved will enjoy enhanced connectivity to destinations across each other’s networks. They will be able to book a single ticket and only have to check in once at the start of their flight, with their baggage checked through to their end destination.
According to Arik De, Etihad’s Chief Revenue Officer, “Broadening our network reach, and allowing more guests to come visit Abu Dhabi has always guided our purpose. These six interline/code agreements make life easier for guests of all the airlines involved.”
With Austrian Airlines, the interline partnership will provide Etihad’s customers access to up to 58 European destinations via Vienna, operated by Etihad daily during the summer, and joins the other four members of the Lufthansa Group with whom they already have interline or codeshare agreements.
The deal with Airlink South Africa will give connecting guests via Etihad’s Johannesburg flight seamless access to 16 domestic destinations in South Africa, and 25 regional African destinations, complementing their existing options with South African Airways.
Teaming up with Philippine Airlines will provide easy access to 19 domestic Filipino destinations including Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, and Kalibo, to and from Etihad’s double daily Manila service, for the large Filipino diaspora living in the UAE.
Etihad has also reconnected with Biman and Air Seychelles, as their links were affected by those airlines’ own system migrations over the past 12 months. These reconnections will complement Etihad’s own Dhaka and Mahe services and offer further destinations, such as Chittagong and Praslin.
Lastly, Etihad’s successful partnership with ITA Airways over Rome Fiumicino to Italy, Europe and beyond has been restored following ITA’s own Amadeus Altea migration in February.
In conclusion, Etihad Airways’ recent agreements with Philippine Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Airlink South Africa, Biman Bangladesh, Air Seychelles, and ITA Airways will provide greater connectivity and convenience to its customers. The airline’s Chief Revenue Officer stated that these partnerships align with their purpose of broadening their network reach and allowing more guests to come visit Abu Dhabi.