Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has expanded its codeshare agreement with Hong Kong Airlines to provide travellers with enhanced connections between Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.
Under the expanded codeshare agreement, Hong Kong Airlines will place its ‘HX’ flight code on Etihad Airways’ flights between Hong Kong, the world’s third most important financial centre, and Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE.
Etihad Airways will commence a daily frequency on the route from today, offering 3,620 seats per week with an Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
In addition, Hong Kong Airlines will codeshare on Etihad Airways’ new service between Abu Dhabi and Madrid, the capital and largest city in Spain.
The route, which was launched in March 2015, is operated four times per week and offers 2,096 seats per week with a two class Airbus A330-200.
Kevin Knight, chief strategy and planning officer at Etihad Airways, said: “Our codeshare agreement with Hong Kong Airlines was initiated last year with a primary focus on enhanced connectivity between Asia and the Middle East.
“The expanded codeshare will result in further commercial success for both airlines, and more importantly unleash the true benefits of the partnership by offering business and leisure travellers enhanced connections and a more frequent service between Asia, the Middle East and Europe.”
Etihad Airways and Hong Kong Airlines initiated their a codeshare agreement in December 2014, allowing Etihad Airways to place its ‘EY’ code on Hong Kong Airlines’ flights between Hong Kong and Bangkok, and on flights between Hong Kong and Okinawa, while Hong Kong Airlines placed its ‘HX’ code on Etihad Airways’ service between Abu Dhabi and Bangkok.
Etihad Airways will increase the frequency of its Bangkok service from three to four flights a day from July 1st 2015, with Hong Kong Airlines also codesharing on the additional flight.