Eti­had Air­ways and Gulf Air an­nounce bold new code­share

The an­nounce­ment fol­lows the sign­ing of a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing that was inked at the Bahrain In­ter­na­tional Airshow in Novem­ber 2018

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Build­ing upon a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) agree­ment that was penned at last year’s Bahrain In­ter­na­tional Airshow, Eti­had Air­ways and Gulf Air has en­tered into a code­share part­ner­ship.

Set to kick off with this year’s sum­mer sched­ule, each air­line is ex­pected to adopt each other’s iden­ti­fi­ca­tion code on se­lect flights head­ing to Asia and North Amer­ica.

As per the agree­ment, Eti­had Air­ways will place its ‘EY’ code on Gulf Air flights from Bahrain to and from Abu Dhabi, Bagh­dad, Casablanca, Dhaka, Faisal­abad, Lar­naca, Malaga, Mul­tan, Na­jaf, Pe­shawar, Sialkot and Tbil­isi.

Sim­i­larly, Gulf Air will place its ‘GF’ code on Eti­had flights from Abu Dhabi to and from Bahrain, Bris­bane, Chicago O’Hare, Jakarta, La­gos, Los An­ge­les, Mel­bourne, New York JFK, Syd­ney and Wash­ing­ton.

Both Eti­had Guest and Gulf Air Fa­clcon­flyer loy­alty cus­tomers will be able to take ad­van­tage of code­share op­por­tu­ni­ties that will be in­tro­duced in the near-fu­ture.

“We are thrilled to be sign­ing this code­share agree­ment to­day with our long-time part­ner, Gulf Air. The re­la­tion­ship be­tween Abu Dhabi and Manama stretches back nearly 70 years, with es­tab­lished and deep-rooted ties be­tween both coun­tries and car­ri­ers,” said Tony Dou­glas, group CEO of Eti­had Avi­a­tion Group.

“This part­ner­ship re­in­forces Eti­had Air­ways’ com­mit­ment to work­ing closely with Gulf Air following the sign­ing of our Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MOU) last year. The sign­ing to­day is a

great ex­am­ple of how two flag car­ri­ers can en­hance the ex­pe­ri­ence of our guests by pro­vid­ing a greater choice of des­ti­na­tions and world-lead­ing in­flight ser­vice and Ara­bian hos­pi­tal­ity,” he added.

Dur­ing the an­nounce­ment, it was also noted that guests trav­el­ling to the USA with Eithad will be able to take ad­van­tage of the pre­clear­ance fa­cil­ity avail­able at Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

The pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity in Ter­mi­nal 3 that is over­seen by the United States Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion (CBP), al­lows US-bound pas­sen­gers to be com­plete all im­mi­gra­tion, cus­toms and agri­cul­ture in­spec­tions at Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional. Upon ar­rival, trav­ellers are pro­cessed as do­mes­tic pas­sen­gers, which in turn helps to rapidly con­clude the ar­rival process.

Shar­ing his view­point, com­mented: “This is a re­mark­able event for both Gulf Air and Eti­had Air­ways and we take pride in el­e­vat­ing this re­la­tion­ship fur­ther with the sign­ing of this code­share agree­ment,” said Krešimir Kucko, CEO of Gulf Air.

“Last year, dur­ing the Bahrain In­ter­na­tional Airshow, we signed a co­op­er­a­tion MOU and to­day we ex­tend this to the next level with this code­share. Cus­tomers of both air­lines will now have more op­tions to fly to more des­ti­na­tions and ex­plore new cities across our net­works.

“The re­la­tion­ship be­tween the King­dom of Bahrain and the United Arab Emi­rates has al­ways been a strong one and we feel proud to be part of his­tory by work­ing closely with our friends at Eti­had Air­ways,” he added.

The code­share agree­ment builds upon a pre­vi­ously inked MoU be­tween the two air­lines.

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