Etihad, PAL enter major cooperation accord
Manila, April 29, 2014
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways and Philippine Airlines (PAL) have signed a cooperation agreement that will provide benefits to their customers and strengthen both carriers.
Included in the agreement's scope are code-sharing, frequent flyer reciprocity, airport lounge access, special pro rate and air pass agreements, and cargo cooperation, said a report in Inquirer.net.
The carriers, which have cooperated on the Abu Dhabi-Manila route, said the deal strengthened business and cultural ties, it said.
“This relationship will go a long way in providing our combined customer base a much more enhanced set of travel options,” PAL president Ramon S Ang was quoted as saying in a statement.
“This also comes at an opportune time for PAL, which is in the thick of a fleet modernization and expansion program that will see the flag carrier pushing further not only into the Middle East but also on other parts of the globe using a modern fleet of aircraft,” he added.
The statement quoted Etihad AIrways president James Hogan and Ang as saying the closer partnership between the two brands would make them first choice for the more than 700,000 Filipinos who live in the UAE and who account for much of the traffic on the Abu Dhabi-Manila route each year, the report said.
“The Philippines is one of the world’s best kept secrets with great appeal to travelers from overseas. We are committed to working with the Philippine Airlines team and the Philippines tourism industry to bring more overseas visitors to their country and to increase the economic benefits of tourism,” Hogan said.