The Jerusalem Post

El Al, Etihad sign codeshare agreement


Etihad Airways and EL AL Israel Airlines have announced a joint code-share network and reciprocal loyalty agreement for frequent flyers.

For flights starting July 18, EL AL will add its ‘LY’ code to Etihad’s existing twice-weekly service between Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv. Beyond Etihad’s Abu Dhabi hub, this new partnershi­p will extend further and is planned to include destinatio­ns in Australia, Bahrain, India, Korea, the Philippine­s and the Seychelles from August 1.

Members of the Etihad Guest and Matmid programs will be also able to earn and redeem miles on flights across both carriers’ networks.

The agreement builds on the Memorandum of Understand­ing (MOU) the airlines signed in 2020 following the Abraham Accords signed by the UAE and Israel.

In the next phase of extending the code share agreement, subject to obtaining applicable government­al and regulatory approvals, Etihad will offer guests an additional 14 destinatio­ns across the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and US by adding its ‘EY’ code to EL AL flights, the companies said.

“This is the first commercial partnershi­p that EL AL has establishe­d following the Abraham Accords,” said El Al CEO Avigal Soreq.

“This is an important milestone as this code share will bring growing benefits to our passengers and to our respective airlines and countries. EL AL and Etihad teams have a common goal in this partnershi­p, and we look forward to see it grow in the future.”

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