Etihad Airways and Saudia to build on existing codeshare partnership
March 15, 2019: Etihad Airways has seen positive growth in traffic since its codeshare partnership with Saudi national flag carrier, Saudi Arabian Airlines, began in November 2018.
The two airlines have jointly transported over 16,000 guests across the partnership.
The codeshare agreement has seen %u2018EY' and %u2018SV' codes already placed on 14 routes with the addition of Vienna this week.
The Abu-Dhabi based carrier informs that in the coming months, it will place its %u2018EY' code on, Tunis, Sharm El Sheikh and Alexandria. At the same time, Saudia will place its %u2018SV' code on Etihad flights to Tokyo, Nagoya, and Baku.
The airline added: "The phase two for the %u2018EY' code will include Algiers, Dhaka and Erbil. And for the %u2018SV' code, phase two will include Australian cities: Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney; Moscow; Dusseldorf; Hong Kong; Kathmandu; Lagos; Minsk; Rabat; Astana, and more destinations in India."
On average, Etihad flies 1.3 million passengers a year to and from the Kingdom. In 2018, the cargo division of Etihad Airways transported more than 23,200 tonnes of cargo between the two countries.
A statement from Etihad's official release tells us that in November last year, Jeddah became the first destination on the airline's network and the airline deployed its Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner on the route.
Etihad started flights to Riyadh in 2004 with just three flights a week. Currently, the airline operates 84 flights per week to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The return service to Riyadh is operated three times in a day; three return flights a day to Jeddah, four return flights a day to Dammam, and twice daily service to Medina.