The leadership of both Etihad Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) have met during the inaugural Saudi International Airshow and used the opportunity to explore new ways of expanding their codeshare partnership.
Dating back to November 2018, the codeshare partnership between Etihad and Saudia has benefitted over 16,000 travellers to date. As per the agreement, each airline has adopted ‘EY’ and ‘SV’ codes on 14 routes, which includes the addition of Vienna that was introduced this week.
Saudia will also place its ‘SV’ code on Etihad flights to Tokyo, Nagoya, and Baku.
Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group said: “The close and expanding partnership between Etihad and Saudia is giving us a unique opportunity to build on the deep ties that exist between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, As the national airline of the UAE, this is - a role we are extremely proud to play.
“With greater choice now available, more flexibility across both our schedules and world-leading products and services, together, we now fly approximately 150 guests per day across each other’s networks. Our plan is to grow this number considerably through expansion of the codeshare agreement in the coming months, and to deliver more benefits to our customers.”
The second phase for the ‘EY’ code will include destinations to Algiers, Dhaka and Erbil, while the ‘SV’ code will include Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Moscow, Dusseldorf, Hong Kong, Kathmandu, Lagos, Minsk, Rabat, Astana, and more destinations in India.
In addition to new codeshare routes, Etihad’s MRO arm, Etihad Airways Engineering, will continue to work with Saudia in maintenance and facility support.
Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines His Excellency Engineer Saleh Al-Jasser commented on the agreement: “The codeshare partnership with Etihad Airways enables greater connectivity and access to destinations for our guests. By leveraging each of our networks, we are able to provide a wide array of choice and convenience that lends itself well for business and leisure travellers alike.”