ETIHAD AIRWAYS AND AVIANCA SIGN CODESHARE PARTNERSHIP
• Customers can now purchase tickets from Colombia to and from Abu Dhabi, London and Madrid on flights operated by both airlines
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Avianca, one of Latin America’s leading airlines, have announced a new codeshare partnership. Under the agreement, Etihad Airways will place its ‘EY’ code on Avianca operated flights between Bogota and London Heathrow and Madrid Barajas, while Avianca will place its ‘AV’ code on Etihad Airways flights between Abu Dhabi and London and Madrid.
Additionally, from May 2016, members of the Etihad Guest programme and Avianca’s LifeMiles programme will be able to earn miles on the codeshare flights, with a possibility of expanding the benefits at a later stage to include other destinations on both airlines’ networks.
Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said: “Avianca is one of the world’s oldest and most experienced airlines. Its reputation for superior service, an extensive network spanning both the Americas and Europe makes it fully compatible for Etihad Airways’ strategic plans to increase travel and customer benefits between the UAE and South America.”
“The continued development and expansion of our partnership with the Avianca Group will give Etihad Airways unprecedented reach, facilitating its penetration in markets with greater commercial and tourism dynamics in Latin America, while promoting cultural and business relations between UAE and Colombia”.
Hernán Rincón, Avianca’s President, said: “At Avianca we are very pleased with this codeshare agreement, which will provide travellers in Latin America with more options to easily reach strategic destinations in the Middle East and to enjoy Etihad Airways’ acclaimed service and hospitality. We are also very proud to open Avianca’s wings to Etihad Airways’ guests looking to travel to the many destinations we serve, and to enjoy superior service provided by our highly skilled and professional crews throughout every part of their journey with us.”
About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways began operations in 2003, and in 2015 carried 17.4 million passengers. From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to or has announced plans to serve 116 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of 120 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, with 204 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777Xs, 62 Airbus A350s and 10 Airbus A380s.
Etihad Airways holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Virgin Australia and Swiss-based Darwin Airline, trading as Etihad Regional. Etihad Airways, along with airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Etihad Regional, Jet Airways and NIKI, also participate in Etihad Airways Partners, a brand that brings together partner airlines to offer customers more choice through improved networks and schedules and enhanced frequent flyer benefits. For more information, please visit: www.etihad.com
Avianca is the commercial brand of Avianca Holdings S.A. that identifies Latin American airlines dedicated to passenger and cargo transport. With a team comprised of more than 20,500 staff, the airlines directly service more than 105 destinations in 28 countries in America and Europe, with the aid of a modern fleet of 176 short, medium and long range aircraft. Through its membership in Star Alliance, Avianca’s travellers have access to destinations in 192 countries and 1.300 airports around the world. With 18,500 daily departures, passengers have access to 98% of the world’s countries. In addition to its passenger air transportation services, Avianca offers a portfolio of tourism services, cargo transport, courier and aeronautical assistance, through its Avianca Tours, Avianca Cargo, Deprisa and Avianca Services business units. In 2015 Avianca transports 28.2 million passengers. For more information, visit avianca.com, Facebook.com/aviancafanpage and @Avianca_com on twitter.