Etihad to codeshare with Malaysia Airlines
Etihad Airways will provide increased access to destinations in Asia, following the signing of a codeshare agreement with Malaysia Airlines.
Under the deal, the Abu Dhabi-based airline will place its two-letter ‘EY’ code on Malaysia Airlines’ flights between Kuala Lumpur and the islands of Kota Kinabalu, Penang, Kuching and Langkawi.
In turn, Malaysia Airlines will place its ‘MH’ code on services operated by Etihad between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain and Doha and Muscat.
Codeshare agreements enable closer cooperation between the two airlines on a range of joint initiatives, including frequest flyer programmes, ground handling, customer support, cargo and airport lounge access.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive, said: “Asia is an important market for Etihad and there is huge demand amongst our customers to travel beyond the Malaysian capital, which this new codeshare agreement now allows.
“We are delighted to have been able to get this exciting new codeshare agreement up and running so soon after signing the memorandum of understanding. We are expecting the new services to be extremely popular, particularly with leisure travelers looking for a luxury beach break on some of the world’s most beautiful islands.”
Etihad currently has nine other codeshare agreements.