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UAE's Etihad expands codeshare deal with Russian carrier

Abu Dhabi airline will place its EY code on more S7 Airlines' domestic services from Jan 16

UAE's Etihad expands codeshare deal with Russian carrier

Etihad Airways has announced plans to expand its codeshare partnership with S7 Airlines to cover eight additional destinations from the Russian carrier’s Moscow hub.

Effective from January 16, 2016, Etihad said in a statement that it will place its EY code on S7 Airlines’ domestic services between Moscow and Chelyabinsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Novy Urengoy, Omsk, Perm, Rostov-on-Don and Sochi.

Under the revised agreement, S7 Airlines will apply its code on routes via Moscow to Abu Dhabi and selected connecting destinations on Etihad Airways’ network including Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket and Sydney.

The Abu Dhabi-based carrier, which operates daily flights to Moscow, already has codeshare arrangements in place with S7 Airlines covering the Russian cities of Kazan, Krasnodar, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Ufa and Yekaterinburg. Both airlines have been offering joint codeshare flights since 2010.

James Hogan, Etihad's president and CEO, said: “This enhanced codeshare arrangement with S7 Airlines is in line with our strategy to strengthen existing partnerships and develop new ones.

“Etihad Airways has enjoyed a strong working relationship with S7 Airlines and through this enhanced partnership we are demonstrating our commitment to the Russian inbound and outbound market, and providing guests with greater choice and travel convenience.”

Etihad's daily Moscow flights are operated with a 174-seat Airbus A321 in a two-class configuration of 16 In Business and 158 in Economy.

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