Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwaiti flag carrier, Kuwait Airways, have signed a codeshare partnership on selected services on bookings effective 22 December 2019, for travel from 5 January 2020.
will place its ‘EY’ code on 3 Kuwait Airways routes to Kuwait, Iraq and
Airways will place its ‘KU’ code on Etihad routes from Kuwait to Abu Dhabi and
onwards to 9 destinations in Europe, Africa, Seychelles, and Maldives
Subject to regulatory approvals, Etihad will
place its ‘EY’ code on Kuwait Airways operated flights from Abu Dhabi to Kuwait, Najaf
In turn, Kuwait Airways will place its ‘KU’
code on Etihad flights from Kuwait to Abu Dhabi, Belgrade, Casablanca, Rabat, Khartoum,
Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi, Male in the Maldives, and Mahe in the Seychelles.
Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer,
Etihad Aviation Group, said: “This is a great first step in what we hope will
be a mutually beneficial and growing relationship between Kuwait Airways, one
of the region’s oldest and most experienced airlines, and Etihad, one of its
youngest and most acclaimed. The joint network and product advantages of our
codeshare collaboration with Kuwait Airways will create tangible benefits for
our customers, building on the strong relationship between our two nations, while providing greater
convenience and superior in-flight service and hospitality.
“Additionally, it gives Etihad unprecedented
access to important markets not served by Etihad, particularly to Iraq and
Bangladesh, where we have significant point-to-point and transfer traffic, and
complements our existing services to cities such as Istanbul, enabling us to
now offer flights to the city’s secondary gateway.”
Kamel Al-Awadhi, Chief Executive Officer of
Kuwait Airways, said: “We welcome
Etihad as a codeshare partner. This new partnership will bring enhanced
connectivity and increased convenience to our customers, who can expect the
same level of impeccable service that they receive
from our airline when they travel on codeshare flights to and from Kuwait to
Abu Dhabi and beyond.
“The agreement will support Kuwait Airways and Etihad operations between
our two capital cities and provide more travel options beyond both gateways. The codeshare partnership will give customers the
simplicity of purchasing connecting flights on both airlines using one
reservation, guaranteeing a seamless experience throughout their entire
journey. Passengers and travel agents will be able to
book directly on these flights through our website and agents’ reservations
systems. Furthermore, this codeshare partnership will not only enhance the
relationship between the two airlines but also the strong relationship between
the two brotherly states of Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.”
Etihad Airways currently operates five return
daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Kuwait, and Kuwait Airways serves Abu Dhabi
with a daily service.