Etihad to expand codeshare deal with Hong Kong Airlines
UAE's Etihad Airways has announced an expanded codeshare agreement with Hong Kong Airlines to give air travellers enhanced connections between Australasia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America, reported arabianbusiness. com. The two airlines have obtained regulatory approval to codeshare on nine additional routes, bringing the total number of services in their codeshare agreement to 14, Etihad said in a statement. Under the expanded codeshare agreement, Hong Kong Airlines has placed its 'HX' code on Etihad Airways' flights between Abu Dhabi and a number of the most-visited cities in Europe and North America, including Paris, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Manchester, Milan, Munich, New York and Zurich. Etihad Airways has placed its 'EY' code on Hong Kong Airlines' scheduled flights between Hong Kong and Auckland. Kevin Knight, chief strategy and planning officer at Etihad Aviation Group, said: "Our codeshare agreement with Hong Kong Airlines was initiated in 2014 with a primary focus on enhanced connectivity between Asia and the Middle East. "Ever since then, we have continuously reviewed opportunities to provide improved offerings and greater access to our customers in Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and beyond. The expanded codeshare will drive commercial opportunities for both airlines.' Li Dianchun, chief commercial officer of Hong Kong Airlines, added: "There is an increasingly strong demand in Asia for travel to the GCC region, Europe and the Americas.We have no doubt the enhanced connectivity will provide a wider range of choices while experiencing the world-class services and products offered by both airlines.' Etihad Airways will increase the frequency of its Madrid service from four flights a week to daily from June 2017, with Hong Kong Airlines also codesharing on the additional flight.