Etihad Airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Gulf Air to explore deeper cooperation.

The agreement, inked at the Bahrain International Airshow, covers the scope of codeshare operations between Abu Dhabi and Manama, and also global flight networks.

Krešimir Kučko, Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Air said, “The relationship between Bahrain and UAE is strong in many fields including aviation and today with the signing of this MoU we enrich the relationship by cooperating with Etihad Airways.

“This is an example of how two airlines can work hand in hand for greater mutual benefits. We are happy to work with our friends and colleagues in Etihad and support each other to achieve bigger goals.”

Following this new deal, the members of Etihad Guest and Gulf Air Falconflyer loyalty programmes are also expected receive reciprocal earn and burn opportunities.

Additionally, the engineering and cargo division teams of both the carriers will also look at optimising MRO (maintenance repair operations) opportunities, and steps to increase freight traffic volume.