ETIHAD AIRWAYS AND CZECH AIRLINES SIGN LANDMARK STRATEGIC AGREEMENT
ETIHAD AIRWAYS AND CZECH AIRLINES SIGN LANDMARK STRATEGIC AGREEMENT
The flag carriers of the Czech Republic and the United Arab Emirates – Czech Airlines (OK) and Etihad Airways (EY) – have signed a new codeshare agreement.
From left to right:Etihad Cabin Crew, Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Chief Commercial Officer, Miroslav Dvorak, Czech Airlines President & CEO Prague Airport, Ali Saleh, Etihad VP Alliances & Partnerships, Jiri Marek, Czech Airlines Vice President Sales & Marketing and Czech Airlines Cabin Crew.
This will see Czech Airlines launch new direct flights between Abu Dhabi and Prague, and offer onward global connections through Etihad’s network. The connections include key cities in the Middle East such as Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Bahrain and Kuwait. Destinations on the Indian subcontinent and in Asia such as Colombo in Sri Lanka, Bangkok, Singapore, Jakarta and Manila, plus Australian cities Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will be easily reached.
The agreement will also allow Etihad passengers to book flights straight through to Prague and beyond to other Czech Airlines serviced routes.Philippe Moreels, Czech Airlines’ Vice-President of Economics stated: “Czech
Airlines is an important player on the European market but on a global scale it is difficult to compete without strong partners. We are extremely satisfied that we have found a genuinely strong and respected partner in Etihad Airways. I believe that the announcement we are making today will serve both outbound and inbound passengers extremely well. And it is merely the first step towards deeper and more intensive cooperation in the future.”
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer said: “As the world’s leading airline, this new strategic relationship which includes but is not limited to just a codeshare agreement, illustrates Etihad’s growing ambitions in the Central and Eastern Europe region. It opens up the beautiful city of Prague that we have been eager to offer our customers for such a long time, and we are certain these new connections and the seamless flight experience offered jointly by Etihad and Czech Airlines, will appeal to both business and leisure travellers alike.”
Czech Airlines will inaugurate its first flight to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, on 21 September 2011. The Airline will initially operate four weekly return flights to Abu Dhabi, departing from Prague every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday using Airbus A319 aircraft.
Thanks to the strategic partnership and cooperation on code sharing, Czech Airlines passengers can then continue onwards with Etihad Airways with a single OK flight ticket, to Etihad’s almost 70 global destinations.
Similarly, Etihad’s guests can travel on Czech Airlines flights to Prague’s Ruzyně airport and on to other Czech Airlines’ destinations in central and Eastern Europe. Czech Airlines’ arrival and departure times at Abu Dhabi ensure passengers can carry on to their target destination in under three hours. The same applies for Etihad transfer passengers headed for Prague from elsewhere on the Etihad network.
“The decision of Etihad Airways, the world’s leading airline, to agree this new partnership with Czech Airlines allows the development of mutually beneficial traffic flows between Prague and Abu Dhabi, and beyond to our GCC, ISC, Asia Pacific, and Australia destinations,” concluded Mr Baumgartner.
Miroslav Dvořák, President of Czech Airlines, summed up: “Thanks to the perfect harmonisation of departure and arrival times at Abu Dhabi, destinations in the Middle East, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Asia and Australia have never been as accessible from Prague as they are now. And on top of that, cooperation with Etihad Airways brings Prague closer as a tourist centre, for tens of millions of passengers from across the Etihad network.”
Both airlines will start selling tickets on 24 June 2011. Tickets can be purchased online via www.czechairlines.com. Alternatively, tickets can be booked through the Czech Airlines Contact Centre at 800 310 310 (Czech Republic number only) and +420 239 007 007, and through local Etihad sales contact centres. Both airlines will sell codeshare tickets as of mid-August 2011. The partnership between Czech Airlines and Etihad Airways allows both companies’ passengers to book and travel with just one ticket for their entire journey with a stopover in Abu Dhabi.
The Czech Airlines flight schedule to Abu Dhabi (Summer Season 2011):
Flight No From To Days A/C Config Orig STD STA DD Dest Fl. time
OK 350 21 SEP 27 OCT 2011 1..4... 32S 14/102 PRG 23:35 07:30 +1 AUH 5:55
OK 351 22 SEP 28 OCT 2011 .2..5.. 32S 14/102 AUH 09:50 14:15 PRG 6:25
OK 352 24 SEP 26 OCT 2011 ..3...7 32S 14/102 PRG 12:15 20:10 AUH 5:55
OK 353 25 SEP 27 OCT 2011 1..4... 32S 14/102 AUH 01:35 06:00 PRG 6:25
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About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, began operations in 2003, and in 2010 carried more than seven million passengers. From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad serves 68 cities in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, with a fleet of 57 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and 100 aircraft on order, including 10 Airbus A380s, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. Last year, the airline received 25 prestigious awards, including "Airline of the Year“ in the Aviation Business Awards, “The World’s Leading First Class“ and “The World’s Leading Airline“ in the World Travel Awards, and “The World’s Best First Class“ from Skytrax. For more information, please visit: www.etihadairways.com
About Czech Airlines
Czech Airlines, as the flag carrier airline of the Czech Republic, provides connections from Prague, and increasingly also “via” Prague, to important destinations in Europe, Central Asia, South Caucasus, the Middle East, and North Africa. In cooperation with its partners presently offers connections to 91 destinations in 45 countries. Thanks to more than eighty-five years of experience in air carriage, it is a sought-after provider of services for other airlines, as well.
Since 2001, Czech Airlines is a member of the global airline alliance SkyTeam providing customers from member airlines access to an extensive global network with more destinations, more frequencies and more connectivity. The 13 members are: Aeroflot, Aeroméxico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Tarom Romanian Air Transport and Vietnam Airlines. SkyTeam offers its 385 million annual passengers a worldwide system of almost 13,000 daily flights to 898 destinations in 169 countries.
Czech Airlines holds a certificate under the ISO 14001 standard, confirming the airline’s proper approach to environmental protection, and a certificate under IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) requirements, which are the most advanced safety standards in air carriage.