Gulf carrier Etihad Airways has deepened its links with another SkyTeam member, Kenya Airways, under a codeshare deal which will see the east African operator launch its own thrice weekly service between Nairobi and Abu Dhabi.
Under the deal, Kenya Airways will add its code to Etihad's existing daily service on the Nairobi-Abu Dhabi route, plus 32 of the Gulf carrier's onward destinations - largely in north Asia, Southeast Asia, the Indian sub-continent and Australia.
Etihad will in turn add its code to Kenya Airways' new Nairobi-Abu Dhabi service when it launches in June, along with 27 onward African destinations in the SkyTeam carrier's network.
The codeshares will come into effect at the end of March. The carriers say the agreement paves the way for greater collaboration on joint procurement of services for ground handling, line and heavy maintenance, cargo operations and training.
Earlier this year Etihad deepened its partnership with KLM, which holds a near-27% stake in its SkyTeam partner Kenya Airways. The closer co-operation included the launch of KLM's own service to Abu Dhabi.