15 Jun 2015 06:30
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has expanded its codeshare agreement with Hong Kong Airlines, an internationally-acclaimed Skytrax 4-star airline, to provide travellers with enhanced connections between Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.
Under the expanded codeshare agreement, Hong Kong Airlines
will place its ‘HX’ flight code on Etihad Airways’ flights between Hong Kong, the
world’s third most important financial centre, and
Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE.
Etihad Airways will commence a daily
frequency on the route from 15 June 2015, offering 3,620 seats per week with an Airbus
In addition, Hong Kong Airlines will codeshare on
Etihad Airways’ new service between Abu Dhabi and Madrid, the capital and
largest city in Spain.
The route, which was launched in March 2015, is operated
four times per week and offers 2,096 seats per week with a two class Airbus A330-200.
Kevin Knight, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer at
Etihad Airways, said: “Our codeshare
agreement with Hong Kong Airlines was initiated last year with a primary focus
on enhanced connectivity between Asia and the Middle East. The expanded
codeshare will result in further commercial success for both airlines, and more
importantly unleash the true benefits of the partnership by offering business
and leisure travellers enhanced connections and a more frequent service between
Asia, the Middle East and Europe.”
Li Dianchun, Commercial Director of Hong Kong
Airlines, said: “We are glad to
strengthen the partnership with Etihad Airways through a codeshare expansion.
There is an increasingly strong demand in Asia for travel to the GCC region,
Europe, Africa and South America. The enhanced connectivity will enable our
passengers to enjoy a wider range of choices while experiencing the world-class
services and products offered by both airlines.”
Etihad Airways and Hong Kong Airlines initiated
their a codeshare agreement in December 2014, allowing Etihad Airways to place
its ‘EY’ code on Hong Kong Airlines’ flights between Hong Kong and Bangkok, and
on flights between Hong Kong and Okinawa, while Hong Kong Airlines placed its ‘HX’ code on Etihad Airways’ service between
Abu Dhabi and Bangkok.
Etihad Airways will increase the frequency of its
Bangkok service from three to four flights a day from 1 July 2015, with Hong
Kong Airlines also codesharing on the additional flight.