Gulf Air and Etihad Airways, the nationwide airline of the United Arab Emirates, have signed a strategic business cooperation settlement to deepen the partnership between the 2.
The wide-ranging, topic to acquiring relevant governmental and regulatory approvals, units out particular actions for deepening and broadening business cooperation.
It builds on a memorandum of understanding signed by the airways in 2018.
The deal envisages a phased strategy to nearer collaboration between the companions.
Within the first part, by June, the scope of the companions’ codeshare settlement, first signed in 2019, will likely be considerably expanded.
Gulf Air and Etihad will have the ability to supply as much as a further 30 mixed locations past the Bahrain and Abu Dhabi hubs, throughout the Center East, Africa, Europe and Asia.
The companions will work collectively to optimise joint operations on the Bahrain-Abu Dhabi route, with enhancements to community connectivity over every of the companions’ hubs.
Moreover, the companions will work collectively to enhance the client journey on Bahrain-Abu Dhabi, making it extra seamless, whatever the working provider, with enhanced and harmonised insurance policies and merchandise in areas corresponding to baggage and ancillaries.
The 2018 deal additionally supplied for exploration of MRO, pilot and crew coaching, and cargo alternatives, which the events will now re-visit in gentle of present market alternatives and firm necessities.
Tony Douglas, group chief govt officer, Etihad Aviation Group, stated: “This settlement reinforces the power of the continuing partnership between our two airways.
“We stay up for exploring pragmatic methods wherein the 2 carriers can more and more work seamlessly between our two capitals, improve advantages and buyer expertise for our most frequent travellers and additional prolong the attain of our joint networks past our hubs.”