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Saudia and Etihad see positive results from collaboration

Posted 12 March 2019 · Add Comment

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) and the UAE’s Etihad may be seen as fierce rivals, but speaking at the Saudi Airshow today the heads of both airlines said there were clear benefits from working together.

Etihad and Saudia signed an agreement to code share in November 2018 and are reporting a positive growth in traffic, having jointly flown more than 16,000 guests across the partnership, solidifying their commitment to growing inbound business and tourism in their respective markets.
Etihad’s group CEO Tony Douglas, said: “With greater choice now available, more flexibility across both our schedules, and world-leading products and services, together, we now fly approximately 150 guests per day across each other’s networks. Our plan is to grow this number considerably through expansion of the codeshare agreement in the coming months, and to deliver more benefits to our customers.”
Douglas and his Saudia counterpart, director general Saleh Al-Jasser, toured each other’s aircraft and donned the special wrist bands commemorating the Special Olympics which are taking place in Abu Dhabi and led to the special livery on Etihad’s Dreamliner
The codeshare agreement has seen ‘EY’ and ‘SV’ codes already placed on 14 routes with the addition of Vienna this week. In the coming months, Etihad will place its ‘EY’ code on, Tunis, Sharm El Sheikh and Alexandria. At the same time, Saudia will place its ‘SV’ code on Etihad flights to Tokyo, Nagoya, and Baku. Phase two for the ‘EY’ code will include Algiers, Dhaka and Erbil. And Phase two for the ‘SV’ code will include Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Moscow, Dusseldorf, Hong Kong, Kathmandu, Lagos, Minsk, Rabat, Astana, and more points in India.

PARTNERS: Saudia's Al Jasser and Etihad's Douglas with their 'Special Olympics' bands in front of the special livery on the Etihad 787 Dreamliner at the Saudi Airshow today

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