Etihad Airways and Air France have announced new codeshare destinations in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe for this summer.
The move follows last October’s strategic agreement between the two carriers to foster closer commercial ties, build an expanded global network and increase travel options for customers (see online news, October 2012).
Etihad will now placing its EY flight code on Air France flights between Paris Charles de Gaulle, Oslo and Stockholm. It will also build on the existing joint codeshare routes from Paris-CDG to Bordeaux, Copenhagen, Madrid, Nice and Toulouse.
Subject to further regulatory approvals, Etihad hopes to soon place its EY code on Air France flights between Paris-CDG, Lisbon and Marseilles. The carrier also flies twice daily between Abu Dhabi and Paris.
Air France is placing its AF code on Etihad’s daily flights from Abu Dhabi to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, and to two cities in Australia – Melbourne and Sydney. The French airline expects to be able to place its AF code shortly on Etihad services between Singapore and Brisbane.
Again subject to regulatory approvals, Air France foresees placing its AF code on routes between Abu Dhabi and Kathmandu.
The carrier already places its AF code on Etihad’s operated flights between Paris-CDG and Abu Dhabi, and onwards to Colombo, Mahé in the Seychelles and Male in the Maldives.
Dominique Patry, vice president international affairs and alliances at Air France said: “Our strategic partnership with Etihad Airways continues to flourish and, as a result of the expansion of codeshare services, our travellers now have enhanced access to Abu Dhabi and to key cities in Africa, Australia Asia and Europe.”
Kevin Knight, chief strategy and planning officer at Etihad Airways, said: “Enhancing connectivity, making the journey easier and more enjoyable, increasing choice, and seamlessly integrating operations over each airline’s respective hub, continues to underpin our strategy for building a world-class global network.”
Report by Graham Smith