Etihad is expanding its partnership with the Air France-KLM Group.
During a recent ceremony at Air France-KLM Group's headquarters in Paris, France, both airline groups signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that would expand their codeshare and interline agreements started their partnership in 2012.
Through the partnership, more than 40 new routes covering destinations across Europe, the Middle east, Asia Pacific, and Australia have been made available for booking for travel as early as the winter 2023 season. Both carriers will also offer additional benefits for Flying Blue and Etihad Guest members, along with the exploration of initiatives such as co-location, reciprocal lounge access and ground handling.
"I'm delighted to further develop our partnership with Etihad Airways. This 11-year collaboration is now expanding even further, as we aim to explore opportunities in maintenance and loyalty, in addition to enhancing our route network for the benefit of our customers from all around the world. The attractiveness of Abu Dhabi as a destination and a hub, powered by Etihad's large footprint spanning South and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia, brings significant richness to this partnership. This moment marks our shared commitment to providing seamless, premium, customer-centric travel experiences to our shared global customer base,” said Angues Clarke, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Air France-KLM.
We are excited to expand our collaboration with Air France-KLM, with this MoU serving as a testament to our shared vision of creating premium journeys for our guests. This MoU builds on our existing partnership by exploring deeper network enhancements as we offer improved connectivity between Abu Dhabi and Paris, and leveraging the extensive AF-KL network to Europe and beyond. It reaffirms Etihad’s intent to bolster Abu Dhabi’s cultural and economic growth as we look forward to welcoming more guests to our home enjoying better travel benefits and enhanced customer experiences along the way,” said Arik De, Chief Revenue Officer, Etihad.
Etihad currently operates daily flights to Air France's hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and KLM's hub at Amsterdam Schiphol from Abu Dhabi. Air France will start daily flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Abu Dhabi from October 29.