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Etihad Airways and EasyJet Enter New Partnership

Etihad Airways announced on Tuesday a new partnership with easyJet, one of the world’s largest airlines. Effective immediately, customers can purchase tickets through easyJet’s website connecting both airline’s networks with new travel opportunities.

Etihad Airways and easyJet Enter New Codeshare Partnership - Courtesy Etihad Airways

Today, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), announced a new partnership with European low-cost carrier easyJet. Effective immediately, passengers of both airlines can now enjoy seamless ticketing to destinations in both airlines’ networks including travel between Europe, Africa, the Azores and the UAE.

The new partnership coincides with easyJet’s rollout of their new flight comparison engine ‘Dohop’ which powers the airline’s worldwide website, connecting their extensive European network with long-haul flights. Today’s announcement was made possible by Etihad’s implementation of the New Distribution Capability (NDC) platform, facilitating previously unavailable partnerships. Etihad plans on adding more airlines and travel partners to the NDC platform in 2020. In Tuesday’s announcement, Etihad Airways’ Vice President – Alliances and Partnerships, Ali Saleh said,

“This new collaboration between two great brands is a logical leap forward for both our companies. EasyJet is a perfect launch partner for us in Europe, allowing us to reliably increase the breadth of our continental reach to and from Abu Dhabi, as we enhance ways of connecting directly with more airlines and travel partners around the world. The ability to provide end-to-end booking capabilities through our NDC platform will provide customers with ‘one stop’ solutions for seamless travel with partners, whether legacy or low-cost, through Etihad’s global gateways.”

Also commenting on today’s announcement, easyJet’s Head of Commercial Partnerships, Rachel Smith added,

“We’re excited to announce our partnership with Etihad Airways, which opens up Abu Dhabi as a destination to our passengers and more of Europe to Etihad. Through smart self-connections and strategic partnerships, we continue to extend the reach of the worldwide by easyJet network offering more value and more routes to more customers.”

Effective immediately, customers can purchase tickets on the easyJet website from 68 European cities to Abu Dhabi, connecting to Etihad Airways’ flights from ten European gateways including Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome, Geneva, Madrid, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa, and Zurich. The partnership will be expanded in the future to include more destinations.

Source: Etihad Airways