Cape Town - Passengers stand to benefit from the latest codeshare agreement between Lufthansa and Etihad.
Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates and Lufthansa German Airlines, part of Europe’s largest airline group, has confirmed the conclusion of a codeshare agreement.
The arrangement is set to start in January 2017, subject to government approval. Under the codeshare agreement, the German airline will place its ‘LH’ code on Etihad Airways’ twice daily non-stop flights between its home base of Abu Dhabi and Frankfurt and its twice daily non-stop services between Abu Dhabi and Munich, the biggest city in southern Germany.
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The UAE’s national airline will, in turn, put its ‘EY’ code on Lufthansa’s long-haul, non-stop intercontinental services between its home base of Frankfurt, the business and commercial capital of Germany, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as well as Bogota, Colombia.
James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, says, “We have long seen Germany as a key strategic market for Etihad Aviation Group and this new relationship with Lufthansa marks the next step in our commitment to the leading European aviation group.
Lufthansa is highly respected globally and I’m very pleased that we will work together in the future for the benefit of our customers. Additionally, we are, in our role as a minority shareholder in airberlin, fully supportive of the separate agreement reached today with the Lufthansa Group to wet lease 38 airberlin aircraft. It is very clear to us at Etihad Airways that Lufthansa is a like-minded, forward thinking organisation with which we can do strong, meaningful and mutually beneficial business.”
Carsten Spohr, Chairoerson of the Board and CEO, Lufthansa Group says, “We are looking forward to partnering with the Etihad Aviation Group. The wet-lease contract with airberlin fosters the growth of our Eurowings Group. The codeshare agreement of Lufthansa and Etihad will offer our customers more benefits and complement both airlines’ networks. We will consider extending our cooperation in other areas."
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Added to this, Lufthansa recently launched its new direct year-round flight from Frankfurt to Cape Town.
Tamur Goudarzi-Pour, Lufthansa vice president for sales in Africa and the Middle East, Says South Africa is a key market for the group.
"Cape Town has risen significantly in global rankings as a preferred destination for both leisure and business travellers and we plan to extend the service to five weekly flights in the European winter season of 2017/2018,” said Goudarzi-Pour.
“The overwhelming demand for a year-round route to the Mother City has presented a sound business case for expanding our service to this route."
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