Aegean Airlines, the largest commercial airline of Greece has signed a codeshare with Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). According to Agreement, Aegean Airlines commence four weekly flights to Abu Dhabi from Athens from 30th March 2014 and subject to regulatory approvals. Etihad Airways will place its EY flight code on new flight. The airline will operate its new Athens- Abu Dhabi service with 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.
In return, Aegean will offer new codeshare routes between Athens and seven destinations across the Gulf region, Australia and South Africa. According to Dimitris Gerogiannis, Aegean Airlines Managing Director, by partnering with Etihad Airways, Aegean gains access to the Gulf region and South Africa as well as increasing connection opportunities to Australia this will surely increase the Greek Tourism. The award winning service quality of both the airlines will guarantee the best possible travel experience.
In the words of James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive officer, the airline had started daily Abu Dhabi-Athens flights in June 2009, and since then there is a strong demand year after year. The new Aegean-operated Abu Dhabi-Athens flights will complement Etihad Airways’ existing daily operation between the two cities and the airline will soon be able to place its flight code on Aegean flights to popular Greek destinations. The destinations include Alexandroupolis, Chania, Chios, Heraklion, Ioannina, Kavala, Cephalonia, Corfu, Kos, Lemnos, Mykonos, Mytilene, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, and Thessaloniki.
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.