Gulf Air and Etihad Airways, the nationwide airline of the United Arab Emirates, have signed a strategic enterprise cooperation settlement to deepen the partnership between the 2.
The broad, topic to acquiring the relevant governmental and regulatory approvals, establishes particular actions to deepen and develop industrial cooperation.
It’s primarily based on a memorandum of understanding signed by the airways in 2018.
The settlement offers for a phased method to nearer collaboration between companions.
Within the first section, in June, the scope of the companions’ codeshare settlement, first signed in 2019, will likely be considerably expanded.
Gulf Air and Etihad will be capable to provide as much as 30 further mixed locations past the Bahrain and Abu Dhabi hubs, within the Center East, Africa, Europe and Asia.
The companions will work collectively to optimize joint operations on the Bahrain-Abu Dhabi route, with enhancements in community connectivity at every of the companions’ facilities.
As well as, the companions will work collectively to enhance the client journey in Bahrain-Abu Dhabi, making it extra seamless, whatever the working operator, with improved and harmonized insurance policies and merchandise in areas similar to baggage and equipment.
The 2018 settlement additionally supplied for MRO exploration, pilot and crew coaching, and cargo alternatives, which the events will revisit in gentle of present market alternatives and firm necessities.
Tony Douglas, Group Chief Government Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, stated: “This settlement reinforces the power of the continued partnership between our two airways.
“We sit up for exploring pragmatic methods by which the 2 carriers can more and more work seamlessly between our two capitals, enhance advantages and the client expertise for our most frequent vacationers, and additional develop the attain of our joint networks past our facilities “.
Etihad Airways is taken into account the world’s main airline by voters on the World Journey Awards.