06 May 2013 09:00
Etihad Airways and South African Airways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) allowing the two airlines to introduce a comprehensive range of codeshare and interline air services as well as explore synergy and efficiency opportunities.
• Etihad Airways to have access to 10 cities in South Africa and African continent.
• South African Airways to codeshare on 12 Etihad Airways flights to Abu Dhabi and beyond.
• Airlines to explore joint procurement, training and maintenance opportunities.
• Provision for reciprocal ‘earn and burn’ with frequent flyer programs.
Initially Etihad Airways
will place its ‘EY’ code on flights from Johannesburg to 10 South African
Airways destinations across South Africa and the African continent as well as South
In return South African
Airways will place its ‘SA’ code on 12 of Etihad Airways’ global routes flying
from the UAE national carrier’s Abu Dhabi home-base.
The agreement also
makes provision for passengers to earn and redeem miles through the airlines’
frequent flyer programs.
Secondary phases of
the cooperation agreement will explore code sharing to more cities, closer
synergies and efficiencies in the key commercial areas of procurement, drive
incremental revenue opportunities, ground handling as well as training.
James Hogan, Etihad
Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “This impressive,
multilayered, partnership will enable Etihad Airways and South African Airways
to achieve significant goals in several different global markets as well as
collaborate on a number of key commercial initiatives.
“This strategy, of
working closely with partner airlines to serve secondary cities in a market,
has been highly successful for Etihad Airways around the world and we look
forward to build upon our already strong relationship with the team at South
African Airways to extend our footprint in the strategically critical African
SAA’s acting Chief Executive Officer, said: “This extensive commercial
agreement will enable SAA to access the vast majority of Etihad Airways global
markets. We are pleased to build upon the commercial areas of the agreement
which are fundamental to a modern airline partnership.
Ms Dudu Myeni, SAA’s acting Chairperson,
said: “This partnership provides SAA customers with vital, instantaneous, and
seamless access to 12 key destinations in the Middle East and beyond. It will
also broaden SAA’s network through alliances and strategic partnerships, which,
is our long term view.”
The first phase of
the agreement will see the ‘SA’ code placed on the Etihad Airways flights
between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi, as well as on flights to 12 cities on
Etihad Airways’ worldwide network that includes destinations in Asia, Europe
and the Middle East.
Etihad Airways will
place its ‘EY’ code on South African Airways’ flights from Johannesburg to Cape
Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth, as well as to Livingston, Lusaka,
Ndola, Harare, and Victoria Falls. Outside the African continent Etihad Airways
will place its code on South African Airways’ flights to Sao Paulo.
Collectively, the two
airline groups expect to carry more than 20 million passengers in 2013.
cooperation between the two airlines is in line with Etihad Airways’ highly
successful global alliance strategy in which the Abu Dhabi-based airline works
with partner airlines to identify potential areas of cost savings as well as
opportunities to achieve economies of scale.
The tie-up coincides
with the signing of codeshare agreements between Etihad Airways’ equity
alliance partners, Air Seychelles and Jet Airways*, and South African Airways.
Etihad Airway also
signed a partnership agreement with Kenya Airways, the national flag carrier of
Kenya, and places the Etihad Airways “EY” code on up to 27 Kenya Airways
destinations across East and Central Africa.