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Etihad, Saudia announce codeshare partnership

JEDDAH, October 22, 2018

UAE's Etihad Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) have announced a new codeshare partnership, providing customers with access to more than 40 leisure and business destinations in the home markets and across the world.

In addition to the codeshare agreement, the two carriers also announced plans for greater commercial cooperation in other fields, including frequent flyer programme benefits, cargo, and engineering and maintenance.

The codeshare agreement was signed at Saudia headquarters in Jeddah by Engineer Saleh bin Naser Al Jasser, director general Saudia, and Tony Douglas, group chief executive officer of Etihad Aviation Group.

They were joined by Jaan Albercht, chief executive officer of Saudia; Ahmed Al Qubaisi, senior vice president government and international affairs, Etihad Aviation Group; and Ali Saleh, vice president alliances and partnerships, Etihad Aviation Group.

Al Jasser said: “The new partnership broadens aviation and transport links with the UAE, building on the extensive aviation investment and strong foundation in the sector."

“With the agreement, the added network coverage enables our guests to benefit from added flexibility and convenience, as well as increase the benefits for members of both airlines’ frequent flyer plans.”  

Douglas said: “The ties shared between Saudi Arabia and the UAE are the deepest that the two nations have, and therefore we are extremely proud to play our role and bring the two flag carriers together in this unique partnership.

“The partnership will allow for enhanced seamless travel across the Etihad Airways and Saudia networks which we anticipate will be highly popular with business and leisure travellers, especially those looking to fly to secondary city destinations.”

The codeshare agreement will see Etihad Airways place its ‘EY’ code on Saudia’s flights to Abha, Al-Baha, Alula, Arar, Bisha, Dammam, Dawadmi, Gassim, Gizan, Gurayat, Hail, Hofuf, Jeddah, Jouf, Madinah, Qaisumah, Rafha, Riyadh, Sharurah, Tabuk, Taif, Turaif, Wadi-Ad-Dawasir, Wedjh, Yanbo, and Abu Dhabi. Port Sudan, Tunis, Alexandria, Sharm el-Sheikh, Multan and Peshawar are subject to government approval.

At the same time, Saudia will place its ‘SV’ code on Etihad flights to Baku, Chengdu, Ahmedabad, Nagoya, Tokyo-Narita, Dammam, Jeddah, Madinah, Riyadh, Belgrade, Seychelles,  Chicago-O'Hare, and Abu Dhabi.

In addition to the codeshare, the teams at the Etihad Guest and Alfursan frequent flyer programmes are finalising discussions which would see members of each programme being offered reciprocal earn and burn opportunities.

In the cargo world, the teams in both airlines’ divisions are in talks about greater cooperation, recognising the increased volumes of freighter traffic flowing into and out of the UAE and the Saudi Arabia.

Etihad Airways Engineering will also provide select maintenance services for Saudia aircraft at its MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations) facility in Abu Dhabi.

In the winter schedule (effective from October 28), Etihad will operate the following frequencies and aircraft types to Saudi Arabia:

• Medina: One daily A320 operation. Etihad has additional frequencies published for the Umrah peak in November/December.
• Dammam: Four daily A320 operations.
• Jeddah: Three daily operations consisting of one two-class 777-300ER; one two-class 787-10; one A320 operation.
• Riyadh: Three daily operations consisting of one two-class 787-9; one A321, one A320. - TradeArabia News Service

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