17 Jul 2014 11:00
Air Malta and Etihad Airways have expanded their code-share agreement to provide travellers with improved connections between Europe, the GCC region and Australia.
The two airlines extended their
partnership to coincide with the launch of Etihad Airways’ service between Abu
Dhabi and Rome this week. Air Malta is placing its ‘KM’ code and flight number
on the new route, while Etihad Airways is placing its ‘EY’ code and flight
number of Air Malta’s non-stop service between Rome and Malta.
In addition, Air Malta’s code and
flight number will be placed on Etihad Airways’ services from Abu Dhabi to
Australia for the first time, covering the UAE carrier’s existing flights to
Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as Perth, which also launched this week.
The expanded agreement follows the
success of Air Malta’s existing code-share on Etihad Airways’ flights between
Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow, Brussels and Manchester.
Commenting on this development, Air
Malta’s Chief Executive Louis Giordimaina said: “We are very pleased to enhance
our cooperation with Etihad Airways, the flag carrier of the United Arab
Emirates and one of the most important airlines in the Middle East. Both
airlines share a firm commitment towards superior service and customer
satisfaction, and this agreement will benefit the sizable Maltese community
living in Australia as it will facilitate travel and connectivity between the
Maltese islands and the Australian continent.”
James Hogan, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “The launch of Etihad Airways’
flights to Rome and Perth this week has created an exciting opportunity to
build upon the success of our code-share agreement with Air Malta. The two
airlines have been code-share partners since 2010 and through our expanded cooperation,
business and leisure travellers with benefit from improved connections to key
destinations around the world.”