21 Oct 2013 08:30
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has expanded its codeshare agreement with Korean Air, South Korea’s largest airline, to include six new destinations.
second phase of cooperation, Etihad Airways will place its EY code on
Korean Air services from Seoul Incheon to Honolulu, Vancouver and Hong Kong.
Korean Air will place its KE code on Etihad
Airways’ flights from Abu Dhabi to Johannesburg, Muscat and, subject to
government approval, Khartoum.
arrangements augment the airlines’ existing codeshare services between Abu
Dhabi and Seoul Incheon.
Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer James Hogan said the expanded
codeshare with Korean Air would enable both airlines to grow their networks in
a mutually beneficial way and broaden their appeal to world travellers.
three new codeshare destinations enhance Etihad Airways’ business and leisure
travel offering to the Asia Pacific and North America. The flights to Honolulu
and Vancouver, in particular, will provide convenient one-stop access from Abu
Dhabi to these two popular North American destinations.
a natural development of the codeshare agreement with Korean Air which we
signed in July this year, and we look forward to broadening the scope of
cooperation even further in the future.”
noted that Etihad Airways’ strategy of partnerships with airlines such as
Korean Air was helping grow tourism from around the world to its Abu Dhabi home
introduction of new codeshare routes enables us to rapidly expand our network
and drive more leisure and business traffic to and through our Abu Dhabi hub.
Last year alone, Etihad Airways carried 10.2 million passengers through Abu
international visitors to Abu Dhabi is key to enabling economic growth in the
Emirate and helping realise the Government’s visionary Abu Dhabi 2030 plan.
forecast this trend will continue with the opening of new routes from Asia and
Airways and Korean Air have had a successful commercial partnership since
August 2009 when the airlines signed a special pro rata agreement and interline
partnership. The airlines commenced codeshare operations between Abu Dhabi and
Seoul Incheon on July 22, 2013.
of Etihad Airways’ Etihad Guest and Korean Air’s SKYPASS loyalty programs enjoy
reciprocal benefits. These include lounge access, priority check-in and excess
baggage allowances for top tier program members and the ability to earn and
burn frequent flyer points on Etihad Airways and Korean Air flights.