Etihad Airways has entered into a new partnership with easyJet, under which customers can purchase through the easyJet worldwide website, thus connecting the two airlines’ networks.
The new alliance follows easyJet’s accelerated and successful roll-out programme with world-leading flight comparison search engine, Dohop, which powers the easyJet worldwide website, connecting its European network with long-haul flights. For Etihad Airways, this has been achieved using the New Distribution Capability (NDC) platform providing technical capability for new partnerships previously not possible. The partnership with easyJet and Dohop is the UAE national airline’s first use of this technology and Etihad plans to add more airlines and travel partners to their NDC portfolio in 2020.
Vice president, alliances and partnerships, Etihad Airways, Ali Saleh spoke on the union: “This new collaboration between two great brands is a logical leap forward for both our companies. easyJet is a perfect launch partner for us in Europe, allowing us to reliably increase the breadth of our continental reach to and from Abu Dhabi, as we enhance ways of connecting directly with more airlines and travel partners around the world. “
Meanwhile, easyJet’s head of commercial partnerships, Rachel Smith added: “We’re excited to announce our partnership with Etihad Airways, which opens up Abu Dhabi as a destination to our passengers. Through smart self-connections and strategic partnerships, we continue to extend the reach of the worldwide by easyJet network offering more value and more routes to more customers.”
Customers will for the first time be able to purchase tickets on the easyJet website from 68 cities on the airline’s network in Europe to Abu Dhabi, connecting on to Etihad Airways flights from 10 European gateways in Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Rome, Geneva, Madrid, Manchester, Milan Malpensa, and Zurich. Both airlines plan to expand the partnership to include more destinations in the future.