Etihad, Kenya Airways sign strategic deal

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is to significantly expand its reach across Africa after signing a strategic commercial partnership agreement with Kenya Airways, the national flag carrier of Kenya.

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Published: Fri 22 Feb 2013, 11:36 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:40 AM

Etihad will place its EY code on Kenya Airways flights from Nairobi to 27 destinations across Kenya Airways’ network in Africa.

As part of the reciprocal codeshare agreement, Kenya Airways will place its KQ code on Etihad’s daily service from Nairobi to Abu Dhabi and, subject to government approval, onwards to up to 32 key destinations across Etihad’s global network.

Kenya Airways will also launch a new three-times-a-week service between Nairobi and Abu Dhabi from mid-summer 2013.

Passenger services system upgrade

ABU DHABI - Etihad Airways will make its “Big Switch” to new passenger sales, website and check-in systems this weekend.

Between February 22 and 25, the carrier asks passengers to follow key guidelines to help ensure any disruption to their travel is kept to a minimum.

Customers travelling during that period are advised to arrive at the airport four hours before the flight; where possible, check in online 24 hours before departure and print boarding pass(es) before going to the airport; and, if unable to check in online, bring a copy of e-mail confirmation and/or travel itinerary.

This will give passengers improved connections and greater choice.

“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.

This agreement will also allow both airlines to benefit from cost savings achieved through synergies and economies of scale,” Etihad Airways president and CEO James Hogan said.

“The new codeshare partnership with Etihad Airways is a significant strengthening of the global network of both airlines, which provides more choice to all our passengers,” Kenya Airways managing director and CEO Dr Titus Naikuni said.

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