Etihad plans codeshare with New York carrier
Abu Dhabi, New York, January 22, 2014
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and New York-based JetBlue Airways have announced plans to begin codeshare operations and provide customers with enhanced travel options worldwide.
The agreement, which is subject to government approval, will see Etihad Airways place its EY code on JetBlue-operated flights, initially facilitating connections between the two airlines at New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Washington’s Dulles International Airport (IAD).
In the first stage of the partnership, Etihad Airways will codeshare on 40 JetBlue routes within the US. Further codeshare services are planned on JetBlue flights once Etihad Airways commences daily flights to Los Angeles from June 2014.
Etihad Airways also plans to codeshare on JetBlue flights between New York and select destinations in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Colombia.
“Like JetBlue, Etihad Airways has quickly established itself as a premier brand built on excellent service and a high-quality product,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s president. “We look forward to partnering more closely with the airline and affording our customers access to some of the world’s most fascinating destinations.”
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ president and chief executive officer, said: “The US is a major and growing market for Etihad Airways and this partnership with JetBlue will enable us to offer our guests more options for travel within and beyond the US.
“In addition to New York and Washington, we also fly daily to Chicago. Just last week, we also announced a second daily flight between our hub, Abu Dhabi, and New York City, and we will start flights to Los Angeles and Dallas-Fort Worth in June and December this year.”
From its US gateways of Chicago, New York and Washington DC Etihad Airways offers connections through its Abu Dhabi hub to dozens of destinations across the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Sub-Continent, Asia and Australia. – TradeArabia News Service