Etihad is expanding its codeshare agreement with Hong Kong Airlines to improve connections between Australasia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America.
The two airlines have obtained regulatory approval to codeshare on nine additional routes, bringing the total number of services in their codeshare agreement to 14.
Under the expanded codeshare agreement, Hong Kong Airlines has placed its ‘HX’ code on Etihad Airways’ flights between Abu Dhabi (capital of the UAE) and some of the most-visited cities in Europe and North America, including Paris, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Manchester, Milan, Munich, New York and Zurich.
Etihad Airways has placed its ‘EY’ code on Hong Kong Airlines’ scheduled flights between Hong Kong and Auckland.
Kevin Knight, chief strategy and planning officer at Etihad Aviation Group, said Etihad’s codeshare agreement with Hong Kong Airlines was initiated in 2014 to enhance connectivity between Asia and the Middle East.
“The expanded codeshare will drive commercial opportunities for both airlines, and more importantly unleash the true benefits of the partnership by offering business and leisure travellers enhanced connections and a more frequent service between Australasia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America.”
Etihad Airways will increase the frequency of its Madrid service from four flights a week to daily from 1 June 2017, with Hong Kong Airlines also codesharing on the additional flight.
Edited by Peter Needham