ABU DHABI: Etihad Airways and Air France-KLM group are exploring options to further enhance their codeshare agreement and other collaborations. The codeshare between this trio was started in 2012.

Later this week, both parties are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding. (MoU). The new initiative will focus on exploring collaboration to further enhance the passenger experience, loyalty benefits, human resource development, and aircraft maintenance.

Through this new interline collaboration, as a first step, passengers will be able to book more than 40 new destinations for the winter season of 2023. The new destinations are across the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Australia.

The MoU also proposes to enable passengers flying through codeshare to earn & redeem miles on Flying Blue or Etihad Guest. The passengers will also be able to access executive lounges of airlines available in multiple airports worldwide.

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Air France-KLM, echoed the benefit of network expansion that the agreement will bring. This 11-year collaboration is now expanding even further, as we aim to explore opportunities in aircraft maintenance and loyalty, in addition to enhancing our route network for the benefit of our customers from all around the world,

Said, Angus Clarke, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Air France-KLM

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

Said, Arik De, Chief Revenue Officer at Etihad

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About Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, was formed in 2003 and quickly went on to become one of the world’s leading airlines. From its home in Abu Dhabi, Etihad flies to passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.

Together with Etihad’s codeshare partners, Etihad’s network offers access to hundreds of international destinations. In recent years, Etihad has received numerous awards for its superior service and products, cargo offering, loyalty program, and more.

Etihad sees tackling the climate crisis as the most important issue of our time and was named the Airline Ratings Environmental Airline of the Year 2022 and 2023. Through strategic partnerships with major global aviation brands and OEMs, Etihad is relentless in its pursuit of industry decarbonization.

About Air France-KLM

A global player with a strong European base, the Air France-KLM Group’s main areas of business are passenger transport, cargo transport, and aeronautical maintenance.

Air France-KLM is a leading airline Group in terms of international traffic on departure from Europe. It offers its customers access to a worldwide network, covering over 300 destinations thanks to Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and Transavia, mainly from its hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol. Its Flying Blue frequent flyer programme is one of the leaders in Europe with over 20 million members.