Etihad Airways has signed a codeshare agreement with Hong Kong Airlines.
Subject to regulatory approval, the Gulf carrier will place its “EY” code on Hong Kong Airlines’ flights between Hong Kong and Bangkok, and Hong Kong and Okinawa.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong Airlines passengers will also benefit from the new partnership, as the carrier’s “HX” code will reciprocally be placed on Etihad’s triple-daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Bangkok, as well as two upcoming services that will connect Abu Dhabi with Madrid (from 29 March 2015) and Hong Kong (from 15 June 2015).
Reservations for the codeshare flights are expected to begin from 23 December 2014, with travel valid from 6 January 2015 onwards. For Etihad’s Hong Kong and Madrid services, this will start from the routes’ launch dates.
Kevin Knight, chief strategy and planning officer at Etihad Airways, said: “Codeshares are a fundamental part of Etihad Airways’ long-term growth strategy and we are delighted to sign this agreement with Hong Kong Airlines. Our partnership will result in multiple benefits for both airlines and, importantly, there are considerable advantages for travellers as well, such as enhanced connections and a more frequent service between the various destinations covered”.
Likewise, Li Dianchun, commercial director of Hong Kong Airlines, said: “We are glad to partner with Etihad Airways, which enables our passengers to enjoy a wider range of choices. Both airlines are renowned for their world-class product and service offering and through our new partnership, we will successfully cater to increasing traffic flows between key travel markets in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.”
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