Eti­had Air­ways, Hong Kong Air­lines ex­pand code­share

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

ABU DHABI: Eti­had Air­ways, the na­tional air­line of the United Arab Emi­rates, has an­nounced an ex­panded code­share agree­ment with Hong Kong Air­lines, an in­ter­na­tion­ally-ac­claimed Sky­trax 4-star air­line, to give air trav­ellers en­hanced con­nec­tions be­tween Aus­trala­sia, Asia, the Mid­dle East, Europe and North Amer­ica.

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.

Un­der the ex­panded code­share agree­ment, Hong Kong Air­lines has placed its ‘HX’ code on Eti­had Air­ways’ flights be­tween Abu Dhabi, the cap­i­tal city of the UAE, 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, the thriv­ing multi-cul­tural tourism hub of New Zealand.

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, and more im­por­tantly un­leash the true ben­e­fits of the part­ner­ship by of­fer­ing busi­ness and leisure trav­ellers en­hanced con­nec­tions and a more fre­quent ser­vice be­tween Aus­trala­sia, Asia, the Mid­dle East, Europe and North Amer­ica.”

Li Dianchun, Chief Com­mer­cial Of­fi­cer of Hong Kong Air­lines, said: “We are glad to strengthen the part­ner­ship with Eti­had Air­ways through a code­share ex­pan­sion. There is an in­creas­ingly strong de­mand in Asia for travel to the GCC re­gion, Europe and the Amer­i­cas. On the other hand, the vis­i­tors from the GCC re­gion and even Europe will also en­joy con­ve­nient con­nec­tions via Hong Kong to Auck­land, one of the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions in the south­ern hemi­sphere. 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 and Hong Kong Air­lines ini­ti­ated their code­share agree­ment in De­cem­ber 2014, al­low­ing Eti­had Air­ways to place its ‘EY’ code on Hong Kong Air­lines’ flights be­tween Hong Kong and Bangkok, and on flights be­tween Hong Kong and Ok­i­nawa, while Hong Kong Air­lines placed its ‘HX’ code on Eti­had Air­ways’ ser­vice be­tween Abu Dhabi and Bangkok. The code­share part­ner­ship was ex­panded in June 2015 with ‘HX’ code on Eti­had Air­ways’ Madrid and Hong Kong ser­vices.

Eti­had Air­ways will in­crease the fre­quency of its Madrid ser­vice from four flights a week to daily from 1 June 2017, with Hong Kong Air­lines also code­shar­ing on the ad­di­tional flight.

Eti­had Avi­a­tion Group (EAG) is a di­ver­si­fied global avi­a­tion and travel group com­pris­ing four busi­ness di­vi­sions - Eti­had Air­ways, the na­tional air­line of the United Arab Emi­rates, Eti­had Air­ways En­gi­neer­ing, Hala Group and Air­line Equity Part­ners. The group has mi­nor­ity in­vest­ments in seven air­lines: air­ber­lin, Air Ser­bia, Air Sey­chelles, Al­i­talia, Jet Air­ways, Vir­gin Aus­tralia, and Swiss-based Dar­win Air­line, trad­ing as Eti­had Regional.

From its Abu Dhabi base, Eti­had Air­ways flies to, or has an­nounced plans to serve, 117 pas­sen­ger and cargo des­ti­na­tions in the Mid­dle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Aus­tralia and the Amer­i­cas. The air­line has a fleet of 123 Air­bus and Boe­ing air­craft, with 204 air­craft on firm order, in­clud­ing 71 Boe­ing 787s, 25 Boe­ing 777Xs, 62 Air­bus A350s and 10 Air­bus A380s. For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit: eti­had.com

Es­tab­lished in 2006, Hong Kong Air­lines is a full-ser­vice air­line firmly rooted in Hong Kong with a wide des­ti­na­tion net­work cov­er­ing over 30 ma­jor cities across the Asia Pa­cific re­gion, in­clud­ing Gold Coast, Bei­jing, Shang­hai, Taipei, Tokyo, Sap­poro, Bangkok, Bali and Ok­i­nawa. The cur­rent op­er­at­ing fleet is made up of 34 Air­bus air­craft with an av­er­age age of around 4.1 years, con­sist­ing of 29 pas­sen­ger air­craft and five freighters, be­ing one of the youngest fleet in the world. Hong Kong Air­lines has been awarded the in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed 4-star rat­ing from Sky­trax since 2011. Ad­her­ing to the con­cept of “Fresh and Very Hong Kong”, Hong Kong Air­lines is com­mit­ted to “Bring­ing Greater Jour­neys Sky High”, and is ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing a pleas­ant and en­joy­able jour­ney to all pas­sen­gers.

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