Etihad in codeshare with SAS, enhances connectivity with Seychelles
The agreement, which is subject to regulatory approval, will strengthen both carriers by enabling them to offer greater connectivity to and from a number of key European cities. SAS is Etihad Airways' 47th airline partnership globally and its 22nd in Europe. For SAS, Etihad is the 23rd codeshare partner and the third with strong presence in the Middle East.
Both airlines will also develop and sign a Frequent Flyer agreement, which will benefit the members of Etihad Airways' Etihad Guest and SAS' EuroBonus loyalty programmes.
The deal will see SAS place its SK code on Etihad Airways' flights between Abu Dhabi and Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Rome, Milan, Zurich, Geneva and London Heathrow.
In turn, Etihad Airways will place its EY code on SAS-operated flights from these European destinations, excluding Brussels, onto SAS' hubs in Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm.
The EY code will also be placed on flights beyond Copenhagen to Billund and Alesund, beyond Oslo to Alesund, Kristiansand, Trondheim, and Stavanger, and beyond Stockholm to Umea, Sundsvall, and Ostersund.
Etihad Airways and Air Seychelles announced changes to their flight schedules on the Abu Dhabi-Seychelles route, offering guests more choice and greater flexibility when travelling to and from Mahe in the Republic of Seychelles.
Effective from 1st December, the new schedule will see Etihad Airways add one service per week and Air Seychelles a further two services per week, raising the combined number of weekly return flights to Seychelles from 10 to 13.
The new schedule will provide an additional 217 weekly connections to key destinations across the Gulf region, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, North Asia, and Australia, including Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul. Excellent connectivity will be maintained to and from Europe via Etihad Airways' hub in Abu Dhabi. ■