Posted on: 19 December 2013 by Mark Howells
Aegean Airlines and Etihad Airways have signed a codeshare agreement which will see Aegean begin a four times weekly service between Athens and Abu Dhabi on 30 March 2014.Subject to regulatory approvals, Etihad Airways will place its EY flight code on the new flight, which Aegean will operate its new Athens–Abu Dhabi service with a 168-seat Airbus A320.Beyond Athens, Etihad Airways will also place its flight code on Aegean-operated flights to 16 Greek destinations, and to a further 10 cities across Europe. In return, Aegean will offer new codeshare routes between Athens and seven destinations across the Gulf region, Australia and South Africa.Aegean Airlines managing director, Dimitris Gerogiannis, commented, “By partnering with Etihad Airways, Aegean gains access to the Gulf region and South Africa as well increasing connection opportunities to Australia. Aegean will also open up points on its network to Etihad Airways customers, and will enhance access to and from Greece via Abu Dhabi.“The combined proposition to business and leisure travellers has never been stronger. The award-winning service quality of both Aegean and Etihad Airways will guarantee the best possible travel experience,” added Gerogiannis. “I am confident Greek tourism and businesses will benefit significantly from this development, as will Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, and one of the world’s leading business and tourism destinations.”The Aegean-operated European destinations that will carry an EY flight number include: Vienna, Prague, Rome, Venice, Warsaw, Bucharest, Madrid, Tirana, Sofia and Larnaca. Aegean Airlines plans to place its A3 flight code on Etihad Airways-operated flights from Abu Dhabi to Athens, Bahrain, Kuwait, Johannesburg, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.