Airlines Etihad Airways and Easyjet sign new partnership agreement

Etihad Airways and Easyjet have announced, that a new partnership has been signed between the two airlines.

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With the partnership between the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and low-cost carrier Easyjet, passengers of both airlines will have easy access to the respective networks. The airline will work with joint gateways across Europe.

It is also the first partnership, in which Etihad uses its transformational New Distribution Capability (NDC) platform. The airline also plans to add more airlines and travel partners to their NDC portfolio this year. Previously, Easyjet had successful rolled out a programme with world-leading flight comparison search engines Dohop, which also powers the worldwide website.

Ali Saleh, Etihad Airways Vice President Alliances and Partnerships commented: “The ability to provide end-to-end booking capabilities through our NDC platform will provide customers with ‘one stop’ solutions for seamless travel with partners, whether legacy or low-cost, through Etihad’s global gateways.”

Ali Saleh added: “This new collaboration between two great brands is a logical leap forward for both our companies. easyJet is a perfect launch partner for us in Europe, allowing us to reliably increase the breadth of our continental reach to and from Abu Dhabi, as we enhance ways of connecting directly with more airlines and travel partners around the world.

Rachel Smith, easyJet’s Head of Commercial Partnerships said: "We're excited to announce our partnership with Etihad Airways, which opens up Abu Dhabi as a destination to our passengers and more of Europe to Etihad. Through smart self-connections and strategic partnerships, we continue to extend the reach of the worldwide by easyJet network offering more value and more routes to more customers."

For the first time, customers will be able to purchase tickets on the Easyjet website from 68 cities on the airline´s network in Europe to Abu Dhabi. The airline can connect flights from 10 European gateways like Amsterdam, Barcelona, Manchester or Zurich.

Easyjet is a leading low-cost carrier in Europe. Its current fleet consists of 71 Airbus A319s, 54 A320s, 34 A320neos, and seven A321neos. Easyjet was founded in October 1995 and is part of the Easyjet Group, to which Easyjet Europe and Easyjet Switzerland belong.

Etihad Airways is the flag-carrier of the UAE that operates a mixed fleet of Airbus A320, A321, A330, A350, A380, Boeing 777 and 787 fleet. The airline was founded in 2003 and started operation in November the same year.

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