UAE’s national airline, Etihad Airways, has signed a codeshare partnership with Royal Jordanian, the flag carrier of Jordan. With sales kicking off from the 7 February 2019 and the first travel date set for the 15 February, the two airlines will work closely together to service select points in Europe, North Africa and Canada.
The landmark agreements marks the first instance that the two carriers have signed such a partnership. As per the agreement, Etihad Airways will place its ‘EY’ code on all Royal Jordanian’s flights operating from Abu Dhabi via Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport that are headed to Larnaca and Berlin.
Destinations such as Algiers, Tunis, Vienna and Montreal are expected to be added to the agreement in the near future.
Similarly, Royal Jordanian will add its ‘RJ’ code on Etihad Airways flights from Amman to Abu Dhabi and vice versa, along with services from UAE’s capital to Brisbane and Seoul. Following government approval, the carrier will then market Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi heading to Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calicut, Cochin, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Manila, Beijing and Shanghai.
Stefan Pichler, Royal Jordanian’s president and CEO, said: “We are delighted to have Etihad Airways besides our codeshare partners who help us grow in different markets. This move is bound to expand our presence in Asia and Australia, which are key destinations for many RJ customers.”
He added: “This commercial partnership offers convenient transiting in Amman and Abu Dhabi to their final points while experiencing a streamlined level of services to the destinations covered by the agreement onboard two modern fleets of aircraft.”
One of the longest standing carriers active within the Middle East region, Royal Jordanian has maintained flights to Abu Dhabi since 1970. In the present day, the airline today flies nine weekly flights with twice daily frequency during the summer months.
Operating the Abu Dhabi to Amman route since December 2003, Etihad Airways currently runs two daily flights between the two capitals through a mix of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and Airbus A320 aircraft.
Commenting on the codeshare partnership, Tony Douglas, group CEO, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “This partnership reinforces the deep cultural, tourism and trade connections between the UAE and Jordan, and opens up a new world of opportunities for our customers.
“Royal Jordanian, as one of the oldest and most experienced airlines in the region, and Etihad as one of the youngest and most acclaimed. Both share the common values of genuine Arabian hospitality and service, combined with the next-generation fleets, enviable reputations for efficiency and reliability, and a combined network spanning the globe. This is the first phase of what we hope is a long-lasting and expanding partnership.”