Eti­had part­ners with Lufthansa

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Upfront -

ETI­HAD AIR­WAYS AND Lufthansa have em­barked on a new part­ner­ship cov­er­ing cater­ing and en­gi­neer­ing which is de­signed to lay the foun­da­tions for fur­ther in­te­gra­tion. The agree­ments cover a $100m cater­ing con­tract with LSG Sky Chefs across 16 cities, and an MoU with lead­ing MRO provider Lufthansa Tech­nik.

Eti­had Avi­a­tion Group’s CEO James Ho­gan hailed the tie-up as one of its most im­por­tant“non-eq­uity part­ner­ships”, although that phrase was telling, fol­low­ing the on­go­ing chal­lenges Eti­had has faced with AirBer­lin – 33 planes are now be­ing op­er­ated by Lufthansa’s Eurow­ings – and Alitalia, which is grap­pling with strikes.“We con­tinue to re­fine and fine-tune strate­gies to re­act to mar­ket chal­lenges,”he said.

The tie-up co­in­cided with the start of a new code­share in­volv­ing Eti­had and Lufthansa on routes be­tween Abu Dhabi and Frank­furt and Mu­nich. Eti­had will have ac­cess to Lufthansa’s ter­mi­nals in both air­ports. re­cently un­veiled at Mu­nich air­port (above), has be­gun flights to Delhi, with Bos­ton set to follow mid-March. The first 10 planes will be based at Mu­nich, with 15 to follow. The air­line plans to grad­u­ally re­place its A340s with the A350.

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