Emirates and Etihad Expand Interline Agreement, Offer Single Ticket Travel
Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Arabian Travel Market to expand their interline agreement and provide travellers additional itinerary options when visiting the UAE.
According to the agreement, this summer, customers of each airline will be able to purchase a single ticket to fly into either Dubai or Abu Dhabi, with a seamless return via the other airport. The new agreement also provides travellers planning to explore the UAE with the flexibility of one-stop ticketing for their full journey and convenient baggage check-in.
In a joint announcement the two UAE carriers said that this first of its kind agreement between Emirates and Etihad aims to capitalise on opportunities to boost tourism to the UAE from key source markets by enabling visitors to experience more than one destination in a single itinerary.
“We believe this new agreement provides a strong foundation to develop further opportunities between both airlines and is an example of our commitment to the UAE’s vision for continued economic diversification,” Emirates Airline President Sir Tim Clark said.
In the initial stages of the expanded interline, each carrier will focus on attracting visitors to the UAE by developing inbound interline traffic from select points in Europe and China. The “open jaw” arrangement will allow visitors to cover as much ground as possible when exploring Abu Dhabi, Dubai or any other emirate, saving time by removing the need to fly home via their arrival airport. Customers travelling into the UAE also have the option of “multi-city flights”, with the choice to travel from one city on both carriers’ networks, and conveniently returning to another point served by either Emirates or Etihad.
On his part, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer Antonoaldo Neves referred to a “win-win proposition” for travelers to the UAE.
“With two world-class airlines supporting UAE tourism, our interline agreement will make it more convenient for our guests to experience the best of Abu Dhabi and Dubai on one single ticket while promising to deliver an exceptional flying experience whether they fly with Etihad Airways or Emirates,” Neves said.
This is the second time the airlines have announced a collaboration. In 2018, Emirates Group Security and Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen aviation security, including the sharing of information and intelligence in operational areas both within and outside the UAE.
I have flown Emirates and Etihad business class and they are both amazing.
This collaboration between the two airlines will improve the service even more.
I am flying back to Australia from Athens vis Dubai on the 9th of May with Emirates business class.