21 May 2013 12:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, have entered the second phase of their strategic partnership following the launch of the Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s flights to Amsterdam.
The daily service, operated
by a two cabin Airbus A330-200 and configured to carry 262 passengers with 22 in Pearl Business Class and
240 in Coral Economy Class, was launched on Wednesday 15
May and carries KLM’s KL code.
The launch of the new
flights coincides with the addition of 12 new KLM destinations out of Schiphol
Airport which now carry Etihad Airways EY code. KLM has also added its KL code
to a further six Etihad Airways destinations from its Abu Dhabi hub.
Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “The launch
of Etihad Airways flights to Amsterdam demonstrates the deepening of our
relationship with KLM as we anticipate great demand for the KLM codeshare
flights beyond Schiphol Airport.
partnership with KLM follows Etihad Airways strategy of working closely with
partners around the world and using their existing networks to feed secondary
cities, as well as other areas of benefit to customers like reciprocal lounge
access and frequent flyer ‘earn and burn’.”
additional destinations that Etihad Airways customers can now access through
codeshare operations with KLM are Stockholm, Aberdeen, Barcelona, Bergen, Birmingham,
Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Leeds/Bradford and Madrid.
cities join the first phase of cities served by KLM, which carry the EY code, Billund,
Cardiff, Newcastle, Oslo, and Stavanger.
has its KL code on six Etihad Airways’ flights to Abu Dhabi, Brisbane, Khartoum,
Male, Muscat and Seychelles.
join the initial group of cities served by Etihad Airways – Colombo, Islamabad,
Lahore, Melbourne, and Sydney – which also carry the KL code.
Hartman, KLM’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted
to work together with Etihad Airways. Together we are developing new forms of
joint ventures as joint ventures developed in the 1980s are no longer suitable
under current circumstances.
offer a combined double daily service between the two cities which is fantastic
for the airlines, the two hubs, and of course our customers. And this will
bring a boost to our economies."
addition to flight operations Etihad Airways has this year wet-leased a Boeing
747-400 freighter from KLM. This aircraft, with a payload capacity of 124 tons,
links the two cargo hubs of Abu Dhabi and Amsterdam, and increases our capacity
to Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Dhaka.
KLM’s partner, Air France, Etihad Airways has also wet-leased an Airbus
A340-300 for use on the Paris-Abu Dhabi route from now until the end of the
Amsterdam joins a group of
17 leading European cities that Etihad Airways flies to including Brussels,
Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, London and Paris.