ETI­HAD TIES UP WITH SAUDIA, EX­PANDS DREAM­LINER NET­WORK AND STRIKES NEW LOUNGE DEAL

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Upfront -

FRE­QUENT FLY­ERS TRAV­EL­LING

on Eti­had Air­ways and Saudia will have ac­cess to wider net­work cov­er­age and FFP ben­e­fits fol­low­ing a codeshare agree­ment hatched last month.

Eti­had will place its EY code on 25 of Saudia’s KSA flights, in­clud­ing Jed­dah and Riyadh, while the SV code ex­tends to Eti­had’s flights to Baku, Chengdu, Ahmed­abad, Nagoya, Tokyo-Narita, Dam­mam, Jed­dah, Mad­i­nah, Riyadh, Bel­grade, Sey­chelles, Chicago and Abu Dhabi.

Eti­had, whose Dream­liner fleet is up to 21 air­craft, will de­ploy its B787-9 to Lon­don Heathrow for the fes­tive sea­son (De­cem­ber 12-Jan­uary 13, EY13/14), as well as Kuala Lumpur (De­cem­ber 20) and Brus­sels ( Jan­uary 3). Other sea­sonal fre­quency in­creases are be­ing in­tro­duced.

No.1 Lounges now man­ages Eti­had Air­ways’ lounge at Lon­don Heathrow Ter­mi­nal 4, which has been re­branded ‘ The House – Home of Eti­had Air­ways and Other Lead­ing Air­lines’. Un­der a rev­enue share, No. 1 Lounges has been tasked to drive “bet­ter util­i­sa­tion of the lounge and make the ex­pe­ri­ence ac­ces­si­ble to a wider mar­ket.”

Eti­had’s premium pas­sen­gers have pri­or­ity but the lounge is open to “a

small num­ber of other air­lines”, sub­ject to avail­abil­ity, and pas­sen­gers from other car­ri­ers can pay for ac­cess.

Up­grades see a white-linen din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, more ex­ten­sive bar ser­vice, in­clud­ing freshly squeezed juices and smooth­ies, world cof­fees and bet­ter wine list. Over the next year, the lounge will be re­con­fig­ured to in­clude new lounge ar­eas, bar, din­ing room and read­ing room, as well as im­proved show­ers and prayer rooms.

The air­line’s lounges in Dublin, New York, Paris, Wash­ing­ton DC, Mel­bourne, Syd­ney and Los Angeles are ex­pected to fol­low suit un­der the new col­lab­o­ra­tion.

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