Monday, October 8, 2012

New partnership -Air France-KLM Group, Etihad Airways and airberlin

Posted by- Neelam Mathews
Oct 8, 2012

Starting October 28, the Air France-KLM Group, Etihad Airways, and airberlin commercial partnership will come into place with the three offering their customers more destinations following their mutual code-share agreements.
On the routes between Europe and Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways customers will be able to fly on the Amsterdam-Abu Dhabi daily flight operated by KLM. Air France customers will be able to travel everyday between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Abu Dhabi on Etihad Airways operated flights.
Beyond their gateways, this code-share agreement offers five destinations each to Air France and KLM passengers on the Asian and Australian market and ten European destinations to Etihad passengers on Air France and KLM.
“This new partnership between Air France-KLM, Etihad Airways, and airberlin reflects our Group’s strategic positioning to ensure the best possible services in Europe and between Europe and the rest of the world, by developing our network and airline partnerships." declared Jean-Cyril Spinetta, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Air France-KLM. 
James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “This deal, Etihad Airways’ 40th codeshare, marks a momentous milestone ...... It reflects the core elements of Etihad Airways’ 10-year master plan, driven by organic network growth, combined with the forging of strategic codeshare partnerships and minority equity investments in other airlines. The linking together of these three components, as we continue to strengthen our bilateral agreements, means all the pieces of our plan are coming together.”

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