16 Jul 2013 09:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has signed a new codeshare agreement with Korean Air, South Korea’s largest airline. The partnership, which comes into effect on July 22 subject to regulatory approval, brings to 46 the number of codeshares operated by the Abu Dhabi-based flag carrier.
first phase of cooperation, Korean Air will place its ‘KE’ code on Etihad
Airways’ daily services between Seoul (Incheon) and Abu Dhabi. Members of
Etihad Airways’ Etihad Guest and Korean Air’s SKYPASS loyalty programs will
also enjoy full reciprocity. These reciprocity benefits include lounge access,
priority check-in and excess baggage allowances for top tier program members
and the ability to earn and burn frequent flyer points on all Etihad Airways
and Korean Air flights.
Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer James Hogan said: “The new
commercial partnership with Korean Air was a significant development for the
airline – in both strategic and commercial terms.
codeshare with Korean Air demonstrates the operational
and customer benefits afforded by Etihad Airways’ strategy of partnering with
other great airlines.
deepens the existing partnership with Korean Air beyond the interline and
special prorate agreements inked in August 2009 and creates a rich, new
environment for even closer commercial collaboration.
on the Abu Dhabi-Seoul route will enable the airlines to leverage the strength
of their respective brands and distribution channels for mutual commercial and
highlighted the rapid growth in travel, trade and investment between the UAE
and Korea as drivers of the success Etihad Airways had enjoyed since commencing
flights to Seoul in late 2010.
for business and leisure travel between Korea and the UAE, Middle East and
Africa, in particular, has grown many-fold over the past three years while
trade between the UAE and Korea, which was valued at US$20 billion in 2012, has
also been rapidly expanding.
investment in infrastructure and other projects in the UAE – valued at
approximately US$29 billion since 2009 – has been a further catalyst for
diplomatic, business and cultural exchange and a major contributor to the
growth of travel between the two countries.
“We envision that closer
collaboration with Korean Air will foster continued bilateral growth in these
,” Mr Hogan said.