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Etihad Airways Partners French rail operator SNCF

Etihad Airways is expanding its presence in France with the signing of a new commercial agreement with French Railways (SNCF).

The deal – Etihad’s 32nd – will allow Etihad passengers to book flights beyond Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG), by connecting onward to SNCF’s 2,000 kilometre high-speed TGV rail routes, and vice-versa.

The seamless air-rail connections comprise 20 cities in France including: Bordeaux, Le Mans, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Rennes and Strasbourg.

The new codeshare services are on sale from today. Tickets can be booked online via the airline’s website or global contact centres, as well as through travel agents selling Etihad tickets.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways chief commercial officer said, “We’ve just gone double daily to Paris, and combined with this exciting new codeshare with SNCF, it illustrates Etihad’s growing commitment to passengers travelling to and from France.

“Allowing them to book tickets closer to their departure and arrival points is a fantastic proposition to our customers.

“The high-speed rail infrastructure already in place, and the proven credentials of SNCF and Etihad will allow passengers a seamless travel experience through Paris CDG airport on to the TGV network and vice versa.”

Etihad was last year recognised as the World’s Leading Airline by the World Travel Awards.