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Etihad Airways and Avianca sign codeshare partnership

Travelers may now  purchase their tickets for Abu Dhabi with Avianca on combined flights operated  by Etihad and Avianca. Likewise, they can also purchase their tickets to fly  from Abu Dhabi to Colombia through Etihad Airways, flying legs on both  airlines.

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Avianca, a leading airline in Latin America, have announced a new Codeshare Partnership. Under the agreement between the two airlines, Etihad Airways will place its ‘EY’ code on Avianca operated flights between Bogota and London Heathrow and Madrid Barajas, while Avianca will place its ‘AV’ code on Etihad Airways flights between Abu Dhabi and London and Madrid.

Additionally, during the month of May 2016, members of the Etihad Guest Programme and Avianca’s LifeMiles Programme will be able to earn miles on the codeshare flights, with a possibility of expanding the benefits at a later stage to include other destinations on both airlines’ networks.

Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said: “Avianca is one of the world’s oldest and most experienced airlines. Its reputation for superior service, an extensive network spanning the Americas and Europe makes it fully compatible for Etihad Airways’ strategic plans to increase travel and customer benefits between the UAE and South America.”

“The continued development and expansion of our partnership with the Avianca Group will give Etihad Airways unprecedented reach, facilitating its penetration in markets with great commercial and tourism dynamics in Latin America, while promoting cultural and business relations between UAE and Colombia”.

On the other hand, Hernán Rincón, Avianca’s CEO commented: “At Avianca we are very pleased with this Codeshare Agreement, which will allow travelers in Latin America to have more options to easily reach strategic destinations in the Middle East with quality service. We are also very proud to open Avianca’s wings to Etihad Airways clients who need or wish to reach destinations served by our Company, serviced by a professional and qualified human team that provides superior service before, during and after each flight”.

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