Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 20 March 2019 – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Gulf Air, the national airline of the Kingdom of Bahrain, have signed a codeshare partnership, for travel commencing with the summer schedule.
operations to begin with the summer schedule between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain and
onwards from both hubs
- Etihad will place
its ‘EY’ code on 12 Gulf Air routes across the Gulf region, North Africa,
Europe and key destinations in Pakistan
- Gulf Air will
place its ‘GF’ code on 10 Etihad routes including destinations in Africa,
Australia, Indonesia and the USA
The announcement follows the signing of a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two carriers at the Bahrain International
Airshow in November last year and will further strengthen the strong ties between
the two countries and carriers.
The agreement will see Etihad place its
‘EY’ code on Gulf Air flights from Bahrain to and from Abu Dhabi, Baghdad, Casablanca,
Dhaka, Faisalabad, Larnaca, Malaga, Multan, Najaf, Peshawar, Sailkot and
Gulf Air will place its ‘GF’ code on
Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi to and from Bahrain, Brisbane, Chicago O’Hare,
Jakarta, Lagos, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York JFK, Sydney and Washington.
Guests who are travelling to the USA
with Etihad will be able to enjoy the preclearance facility offered at Abu
Dhabi International Airport. The United States Customs and Border Protection
(CBP) facility at Terminal 3 in Abu Dhabi Airport is a purpose-built facility
that allows US bound passengers to process all immigration, customs and
agriculture inspections in Abu Dhabi before they depart. On arrival in the US,
guests arrive as domestic passengers, speeding up the arrival process and
making onward connections more seamless.
The announcement was made at a signing
ceremony held at Etihad Airways Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, attended by Tony
Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Aviation Group, and Krešimir
Kučko, Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Air.
Mr. Douglas said: “We are thrilled to be
signing this codeshare agreement today with our long-time partner, Gulf Air.
The relationship between Abu Dhabi and Manama stretches back nearly 70 years,
with established and deep-rooted ties between both countries and carriers. This
partnership reinforces Etihad Airways’ commitment to working closer with Gulf
Air following the signing of our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last year. The
signing today is a great example of how two flag carriers can enhance the
experience of our guests by providing a greater choice of destinations and
world-leading inflight service and Arabian hospitality.”
Mr. Krešimir Kučko added: “This is a
remarkable event for both Gulf Air and Etihad Airways and we take pride in
elevating this relationship further with the signing of this codeshare agreement.
Last year, during the Bahrain International Airshow, we signed a cooperation
MOU and today we extend this to the next level with this codeshare. Customers
of both airlines will now have more options to fly to more destinations and
explore new cities across our networks. The relationship between the Kingdom of
Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates has always been a strong one and we feel
proud to be part of history by working closely with our friends at Etihad
addition to the codeshare signing, both Etihad Guest and Gulf Air Falconflyer
loyalty programmes are exploring ways to offer earn and burn opportunities.
Gulf Air currently operates four return
daily flights between Bahrain and Abu Dhabi while Etihad currently operates
three return daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.