By Rob Morris
The Abu Dhabi airline announces its second codeshare deal in less than a week.
Etihad Airways has signed a second codeshare agreement in less than a week after announcing its partnership with Turkish Airlines on Sunday.
The Abu Dhabi airline completed the deal, which will see its EY code carried on Turkish Airlines flights to the UAE, shortly after launching four weekly services to Istanbul last month.
Travellers flying from Etihad destinations, such as Bangkok, Johannesburg and Beijing, will be able to buy one ticket for journeys involving both carriers.
“Etihad Airways’ new service from Abu Dhabi to Istanbul has been extremely popular since its launch and we are delighted to sign this codeshare with Turkish Airlines which will support the growing demand for flights between these two cities and beyond,” said Etihad chief executive James Hogan.
“This latest codeshare agreement, Etihad’s sixteenth, will also help to link Turkish expatriate communities around the world, as well as build business links between the Turkey and the UAE.”
On July 9, Etihad established a codeshare agreement with American Airlines to provide easy connection between Abu Dhabi and US cities, including Washington, Los Angeles and Houston.
Etihad flies to New York and Toronto in Canada, and will launch services to Chicago on September 2. The three-weekly flights will increase to daily services from October.
Among its 16 codeshare partnerships, Etihad has agreements with Sri Lankan Airlines, Jet Airways and Qantas.