Etihad Airways expands Gulf Air partnership

Gulf Air and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, have signed a strategic business cooperation agreement to deepen the partnership in between the two.

The wide-ranging, matter to acquiring relevant governmental and regulatory approvals, sets out particular actions for deepening and broadening business cooperation.

It builds on a memorandum of knowing signed by the airlines in 2018.

The offer envisages a phased technique to nearer collaboration between the associates.

In the very first phase, by June, the scope of the partners’ codeshare agreement, to start with signed in 2019, will be substantially expanded.

Gulf Air and Etihad will be capable to supply up to an further 30 blended locations further than the Bahrain and Abu Dhabi hubs, across the Center East, Africa, Europe and Asia. 

The companions will get the job done collectively to optimise joint functions on the Bahrain-Abu Dhabi route, with improvements to community connectivity in excess of each of the partners’ hubs.

Furthermore, the associates will get the job done collectively to enhance the client journey on Bahrain-Abu Dhabi, producing it extra seamless, no matter of the functioning provider, with increased and harmonised policies and merchandise in regions these kinds of as baggage and ancillaries.

The 2018 offer also provided for exploration of MRO, pilot and crew teaching, and cargo chances, which the events will now re-stop by in light of existing current market opportunities and enterprise demands.

Tony Douglas, group chief executive officer, Etihad Aviation Team, reported: “This settlement reinforces the strength of the ongoing partnership involving our two airlines.

“We glimpse forward to exploring pragmatic strategies in which the two carriers can more and more work seamlessly between our two capitals, boost positive aspects and customer experience for our most frequent travellers and further extend the reach of our joint networks beyond our hubs.”

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