• Joe Breitfeller

Etihad Airways Announces New Codeshare Partnership With Kuwait Airways

Etihad Airways announced on Sunday the launch of a new codeshare partnership with Kuwait Airways. The new codeshare routes include destinations in Kuwait, Iraq, Bangladesh, Europe and Africa.

Etihad Airbus A-380 Empennage - Courtesy Airbus

Today, Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, announced the launch of a new codeshare partnership with Kuwait’s national flag carrier Kuwait Airways. As part of the agreement, Etihad will place their ‘EY’ code on Kuwait Airways’ flights to Kuwait, Najaf (Iraq) and Dhaka (Bangladesh). Kuwait Airways will place their ‘KU’ code on Etihad routes from Kuwait to Abu Dhabi with continuing service to nine other destinations including Belgrade, Casablanca, Rabat, Khartoum, Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi, Male (Maldives), and Mahe in the Seychelles. The new codeshared flights are bookable immediately for travel commencing January 5, 2020. Commenting on Sunday’s announcement, Etihad Aviation Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Tony Douglas said,

“This is a great first step in what we hope will be a mutually beneficial and growing relationship between Kuwait Airways, one of the region’s oldest and most experienced airlines, and Etihad, one of the youngest and most acclaimed. The joint network and product advantages of our codeshare collaboration with Kuwait Airways will create tangible benefits for our customers, building on the strong relationship between our two nations, while providing greater convenience and superior in-flight service and hospitality. Additionally, it gives Etihad access to important networks not served by Etihad, particularly to Iraq and Bangladesh, where we have significant point-to-point and transfer traffic, and complements our existing services to cities such as Istanbul, enabling us to now offer flights to the city’s secondary gateway.”

Kuwait Airways Airbus A320neo - Courtesy Airbus

Also commenting on today’s announcement, Kuwait Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, Kamel Al-Awadhi added,

“We welcome Etihad as a codeshare partner. This new partnership will bring enhanced connectivity and increased convenience to our customers, who can expect the same level of impeccable service that they receive from our airline when they travel on codeshare flights to and from Kuwait to Abu Dhabi and beyond. The agreement will support Kuwait Airways and Etihad operations between our two capital cities and provide more travel options beyond both gateways. The codeshare partnership will give customers the simplicity of purchasing connecting flights on both airlines using one reservation, guaranteeing a seamless experience throughout their entire journey. Passengers and travel agents will be able to book directly on these flights through our website and agents’ reservation systems. Furthermore, this codeshare partnership will not only enhance the relationship between the two airlines but also the strong relationship between the two brotherly states of Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.”

Currently, Etihad Airways operates five daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Kuwait, while Kuwait Airways offers a once daily flight between Kuwait and Abu Dhabi.

Source: Etihad Airways