19 Dec 2013 09:30
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has signed a codeshare agreement with Aegean Airlines, Greece’s largest commercial airline.
agreement will see Aegean Airlines commence a four times a week service between
Athens and Abu Dhabi on 30 March 2014 and, subject to regulatory approvals, Etihad
Airways will place its EY flight code on the new flight. Aegean Airlines will operate its new
Athens-Abu Dhabi service with a 168-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.
Athens, Etihad Airways will also place its flight code on Aegean-operated
flights to 16 Greek destinations, and to a further 10 cities across Europe.
return, Aegean will offer new codeshare routes between Athens and seven
destinations across the Gulf region, Australia and South Africa.
Gerogiannis, Aegean Airlines Managing Director, said: “By partnering with Etihad Airways, Aegean
gains access to the Gulf region and South Africa as well increasing connection
opportunities to Australia. Aegean will also open up points on its network to Etihad
Airways customers, and will enhance access to and from Greece via Abu Dhabi.
proposition to business and leisure travellers has never been stronger. The
award-winning service quality of both Aegean and Etihad Airways will guarantee
the best possible travel experience.
confident Greek tourism and businesses will benefit significantly from this development,
as will Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, and one of the world’s leading
business and tourism destinations.”
Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “We started daily Abu Dhabi-Athens flights in
June 2009, and since then, we have experienced strong demand year on year.
Aegean-operated Abu Dhabi-Athens flight will complement Etihad Airways’
existing daily operation between the two cities, enhancing access between
Greece and the rest of our global network.
customer proposition will also be further strengthened as we will soon be able
to place our flight code on Aegean flights to popular Greek destinations,” he
include Alexandroupolis, Chania, Chios, Heraklion, Ioannina, Kavala,
Cephalonia, Corfu, Kos, Lemnos, Mykonos, Mytilene, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, and
will appeal not only to travellers from the UAE and wider Gulf region, but equally
to travellers from further afield including the Greek diaspora in Australia and
Aegean-operated European destinations that will carry an EY flight number
include: Vienna, Prague, Rome, Venice, Warsaw,
Bucharest, Madrid, Tirana, Sofia and Larnaca.
plans to place its A3 flight code on Etihad Airways-operated flights from Abu
Dhabi to Athens, Bahrain, Kuwait, Johannesburg, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
Abu Dhabi-Athens flights can already be booked on www.etihad.com, www.aegeanair.com, through Etihad Airways
Contact Centres, and via travel agents.
Codeshare destinations will follow pending regulatory approvals.