Etihad and PAL detail new tie-up

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Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways has detailed its new partnership with Philippine Airlines, which will cover extended codesharing and joint marketing as well as co-operation in other areas.

The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding for closer ties in April.

Under the agreement Etihad and Philippine Airlines will put their designator codes on one another's services between Abu Dhabi and Manila. Etihad adds that its codeshare will also cover services from Manila to 20 local Philippine destinations, expanding to 28 later this year.

The two airlines will share premium lounges in Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow, and have tentatively reached a capacity agreement on hold freight on passenger services between their respective hubs and on connecting flights to Africa, Australia, south-east Asia and the Middle East.

“From a greater choice of passenger and freight codeshare destinations, to reciprocal loyalty programme benefits, and more efficient terminal operations – this is a truly customer-centric proposition," claims Etihad chief James Hogan.

Etihad serves Manila twice-daily with 412-seat Boeing 777-300s. Philippine Airlines has a five-times weekly service with 368-seat Airbus A330-300s.

Philippine Airlines president Ramon Ang says the pact is part of a strategy to expand its network, adding: "By harmonising our products, we get to offer our passengers much wider and better travel options all over the world."