Etihad Airways has accomplished a accord to deepen its accord with Air France-KLM and alone has agreed to advertise its pale in Aer Lingus, Etihad’s arch controlling James Hogan said.
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Etihad and Air France-KLM will allotment codes on added flights this year, aperture added European cities to the Abu Dhabi-based airline’s customers, Hogan said on the sidelines of the IATA anniversary meeting. The airlines accept yet to accede final agreement of the deal.
Hogan added that Etihad will advertise its 4.99-percent pale in Irish banderole Aer Lingus in a abeyant takeover bid by IAG.
The moves reflect Etihad’s action to abound its avenue map through airline partnerships. With codeshares on French calm flights imminent, Etihad additionally is attractive to add destinations via codeshares with Philippine Airlines, Garuda Indonesia and Malaysia Airlines, Hogan said.
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“We’re agog to advance a accord with (IAG). Indications are that they’re absorbed in accomplishing so too,” Hogan said.
Kevin Knight, Etihad’s arch action and planning officer, said that Etihad hopes to aggrandize its codeshare with Air France-KLM “as broadly as possible.”
Etihad currently lists its flight cipher on nine Air France cities and 21 KLM destinations.
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Hogan said administration frequent-flier rewards would be the abutting footfall in the airline’s affiliation with Air France-KLM. It has not discussed or advised demography an disinterestedness pale in the European carrier, although adage this would never appear is “not possible,” Hogan said.
Across the Atlantic, Knight said Etihad does not accept affairs to acquaint new account to the United States for 24 months. The accommodation to focus on absolute US routes contrasts with competitors Emirates and Qatar Airways, which accept appear new flights to seven US cities this spring.
Recent amplification of Gulf-carrier account to the United States has acquired tensions with US airlines to calefaction up.
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US airlines say their Gulf competitors accept accustomed added than USD$40 billion in subsidies from the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, which has accustomed them to add balance accommodation on key routes, drive bottomward admission prices and abduct bazaar share.
The Gulf airlines abjure the claims. Etihad said it is appropriate to accord loans – not subsidies – to its sole shareholder, the government of Abu Dhabi.
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