Gulf Air and Etihad Airways recently inked a codeshare partnership that will commence with their summer schedules.
This news follows a signing ceremony held at Etihad Airways’ headquarters, attended by group CEO, Etihad Aviation Group, Tony Douglas and CEO, Gulf Air, Krešimir Kučko.
Gulf Air will now place its ‘GF’ code on Etihad Airways services from Abu Dhabi to and from Bahrain, Brisbane, Chicago O’Hare, Jakarta, Lagos, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York JFK, Sydney and Washington.
Meanwhile, Etihad Airways will 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’s Kučko enthused on the development: “This is a remarkable event for both Gulf Air and Etihad Airways, and we take pride in elevating this relationship further with the signing of this codeshare agreement. Last year, during the Bahrain International Airshow, we signed a cooperation MoU, and today, we extend this to the next level with this codeshare.”
He continued: “Customers of both airlines will now have more options to fly to more destinations and explore new cities across our networks. The relationship between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the UAE has always been a strong one, and we feel proud to be part of history by working closely with our friends at Etihad Airways.”
Also commenting on the codeshare was Douglas: “We are thrilled to be signing this codeshare agreement today with our long-time partner, Gulf Air. The relationship between Abu Dhabi and Manama stretches back nearly 70 years, with established and deep-rooted ties between both countries and carriers. This partnership reinforces Etihad Airways’ commitment to working closer with Gulf Air following the signing of our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last year. 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.”
Hot on the heels of this new alliance, both Gulf Air Falconflyer and Etihad Guest loyalty programmes are now exploring ways to offer their members earn and burn opportunities.