Etihad Airways has bolstered its alliance with AccesRail, a provider of air-rail intermodal solutions.
Etihad Airways will now make use of AccesRail’s expertise to enable its customers to book train and coach tickets in Europe in conjunction with airfares, using the airline’s online booking platform or travel agency.
The Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s customers can connect to and from their international flights to rail routes operated by major European railway companies using the airline’s ‘EY’ code, including an expanded network of seven rail routes on Germany’s Deutsche Bahn from Frankfurt Main Airport.
The partnership with AccesRail has also been extended to the UK to include 16 destinations westbound from London Heathrow on Great Western Railway, and subject to final government approval, to 28 cities across Italy on the country’s primary rail operator, Trenitalia.
Adding to this, the expanded partnership will also include additional inter-city coach services in the UK operated by National Express to 28 major British towns and cities from London Heathrow, and five from Manchester Airport.
“This is a tremendous product, which provides convenient rail or coach connections at some of our key gateways in Europe, enabling customers to commence their Etihad journey from multiple domestic points with the best fares available, all on the same itinerary and ticket,” said vice president alliances and partnerships, Etihad Airways, Ali Saleh.
“As we aim to personalise the guest experience in-flight by providing more choice and greater customisation, we continue to source more strategic partnerships which will mirror this on the ground, giving options and benefits to the many who choose to travel with us in Europe. We soon hope to expand the partnership with AccesRail to more continents,” Saleh added.
Meanwhile, vice president business development, AccesRail, Andrew Popescu noted: “We are excited to be deepening our Etihad-AccesRail cooperation and look forward to continuing with Etihad on a global scale. Through this enhanced AccesRail partnership, Etihad will be able, now and in the future, to offer its customers more destinations and more possibilities.”