Airline bosses say partnership will further strengthen the strong ties between the two countries and carriers
Etihad Airways and Gulf Air, the national airline of Bahrain, have signed a codeshare partnership, for travel commencing with the summer schedule.
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, a statement said.
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 Tbilisi.
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.
The announcement was made at a signing ceremony held at Etihad Airways headquarters in Abu Dhabi, attended by Tony Douglas, Group CEO of Etihad Aviation Group, and Krešimir Kučko, CEO of Gulf Air.
Douglas said: “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.”
Kučko added: “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 Airways.”
In addition to the codeshare signing, both Etihad Guest and Gulf Air Falconflyer loyalty programmes are exploring ways to offer earn and burn opportunities, the statement added.
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.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.