The agreement will see Aegean Airlines commence a four times a week service between Athens and Abu Dhabi on 30 March 2014 and, subject to regulatory approvals, Etihad Airways will place its EY flight code on the new flight.
Aegean Airlines will operate its new Athens-Abu Dhabi service with a 168-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.
Beyond Athens, Etihad Airways will also place its flight code on Aegean-operated flights to 16 Greek destinations, and to a further 10 cities across Europe.
These destinations include Alexandroupolis, Chania, Chios, Heraklion, Ioannina, Kavala, Cephalonia, Corfu, Kos, Lemnos, Mykonos, Mytilene, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, and Thessaloniki. The services are expected to appeal not only to travelers from the UAE and wider Gulf region, but equally to travelers from further afield including the Greek diaspora in Australia and South Africa.
The Aegean-operated European destinations that will carry an EY flight number include: Vienna, Prague, Rome, Venice, Warsaw, Bucharest, Madrid, Tirana, Sofia and Larnaca.
Aegean Airlines plans to place its A3 flight code on Etihad Airways-operated flights from Abu Dhabi to Athens, Bahrain, Kuwait, Johannesburg, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
The new Abu Dhabi-Athens flights can already be booked. Codeshare destinations will follow pending regulatory approvals.