Etihad Airways and China Eastern Airlines to expand partnership

Etihad Airways and China Eastern Airlines to expand partnership

Passengers will benefit from increased codeshare and reciprocal loyalty programmes

Etihad Airways and China Eastern Airlines have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance their commercial and operational ties. 

The agreement will provide travellers with wider choices, higher quality services and increased value.

Building upon their existing partnership, the airlines plan to implement a broad collaboration, including an expanded codeshare agreement, reciprocal loyalty programmes, lounge access, staff training and several sustainability initiatives.

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The MoU should facilitate China Eastern’s ambition to begin services to Abu Dhabi through its discussions with Abu Dhabi Airports, the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi and other key stakeholders in the UAE capital.

Etihad Airways chief executive Officer Antonoaldo Neves said: “Our two airlines have operated an enduring partnership for over a decade. This MoU is an important milestone and a key to establishing a long-term mutually beneficial cooperation.

“It also marks a significant development of the direct links between Abu Dhabi and China, and underscores the confidence of one of the most influential Chinese carriers in Etihad. The MoU paves the way for an agreement that will boost Abu Dhabi’s economic development, as well as supporting China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative'.”


China Eastern Airlines Group president Li Yangmin added: “The MoU builds upon our existing co-operation. It makes possible an agreement that would allow us to collaborate in real and practical ways as part of the continually flourishing relationship between China and the UAE.

“The connection between China Eastern’s Shanghai hub and Etihad’s network through Abu Dhabi will significantly enhance our footprint in the Middle East and Africa. It supports our commitment to the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and the ‘Aerial Silk Road’ stimulating economic, trade and cultural exchanges between China and partner countries.”

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