27 Nov 2014 12:00
SAS, Scandinavia's leading airline, and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, are set to begin codeshare operations and provide customers with enhanced travel options between Scandinavia and the UAE.
The agreement, which is subject to regulatory
approval, will strengthen both carriers by enabling them to offer greater
connectivity to and from a number of key European cities. SAS is Etihad
Airways’ 47th airline partnership globally and its 22nd
in Europe. For SAS, Etihad is the 23rd codeshare partner and the
third with strong presence in the Middle East.
Both airlines will also develop and sign
a Frequent Flyer agreement, which will benefit the members of Etihad Airways’
Etihad Guest and SAS’ EuroBonus loyalty programs.
Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ Chief Strategy
Officer, said: “This codeshare agreement with SAS will improve flight
connections to Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen, as well as a number of important
secondary cities across Scandinavia, greatly enhancing travel options and
connections for air travellers and deepening our ties with Europe and European
“Partnerships like this one with SAS are
central to Etihad Airways’ strategy and we look forward to placing the SK code
on our flights to and from Abu Dhabi, and welcoming their passengers aboard our
The deal will see SAS place its SK code
on Etihad Airways’ flights between Abu Dhabi and Brussels, Düsseldorf,
Frankfurt, Rome, Milan, Zurich, Geneva and London Heathrow.
In turn, Etihad Airways will place its EY
code on SAS-operated flights from these European destinations, excluding
Brussels, onto SAS’ hubs in Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm.
The EY code will also be placed on
flights beyond Copenhagen to Billund and Ålesund; beyond Oslo to Ålesund,
Kristiansand, Trondheim, and Stavanger; and beyond Stockholm to Umeå,
Sundsvall, and Östersund.
Eivind Roald, SAS’ Executive Vice
President & Chief Commercial Officer said: “We are very pleased to announce
this new codeshare cooperation with Etihad Airways and look forward to increase
traffic between Scandinavia and the Middle East.”
“Tourism and trade between our regions
have increased over the years, and we are happy offer the benefits of both SAS
and Etihad Airways to our travellers. From seven of SAS’ main European airports
we can offer a high quality product with Etihad Airways to and from Abu Dhabi
in the United Arab Emirates.”
“We also look forward to welcoming
passengers from Etihad Airways onboard giving them the true and appreciated SAS
experience delivered the Scandinavian way where we focus on making life easier
for frequent travellers.”
Notes: The on-sale date for the codeshare is Monday 8 December 2014 and
the first travel date is Monday 19 January 2015.