Kenya Airways and Etihad Airways have announced a new codeshare agreement that will increase both airlines’ global networks. The new partnership is aimed to give passengers a wider choice of locations and connections.
The new agreement will see Kenya Airways place its KQ code on Etihad’s daily service from Nairobi to Abu Dhabi, with plans to extend to 32 key destinations across Etihad Airways’ global network in the future. Kenya Airways has also announced it will be launching a new three-times-a-week service between Nairobi and Abu Dhabi, effective from June 2013.
“This new codeshare agreement is a significant development for Kenya Airways that enables us to provide our passengers with convenient access to the capital of the UAE and onwards on the extensive Etihad Airways network," said Dr. Titus Naikuni, managing director and chief executive of Kenya Airways.
The codeshare deal will see Etihad extend its combined network to more than 349 destinations, more than any other Middle Eastern airline. It will also bring the number of strategic codeshares that Kenya Airways has with other carriers to 18. "The partnership agreement with Kenya Airways is in line with our strategy of forming alliances with airlines around the world to enhance our network and marketing reach,” said James Hogan, president and chief executive of Etihad Airways.
"Last year we launched new services to Tripoli, Nairobi and Lagos, and over the last five years we have more than doubled our services to Africa, reflecting the increasing importance of the continent. During the same period we have flown nearly three million passengers between Africa and the UAE, and key destinations across our network."