El Al Israel Airways Ltd. (TASE: ELAL) and Etihad Airways, the nationwide service of Abu Dhabi and the second largest airline within the UAE after Emirates, have signed a memorandum of understanding on wide-ranging cooperation. Among the many headings are a code-sharing settlement (whereby two airways share a flight operated by one in every of them), permitting frequent flyer factors to be earned and utilized in one another’s frequent flyer golf equipment, and cooperation on upkeep and cargo in Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi.
The airways’ announcement mentioned that codeshare providers could be launched not just for flights between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv, however for his or her world flight networks. El Al already has code-sharing agreements with a number of airways, amongst them Swiss, Iberia, Ethiopian Airways, Qantas, and Aeroflot.
The MOU was signed ‘nearly’ by Tony Douglas, Group Chief Govt Officer of Etihad Aviation Group, and Gonen Usishkin, Chief Govt Officer of EL AL Israel Airways.
Acording to the announcement, the groups on the Etihad Visitor and EL AL Matmid loyalty packages will discover reciprocal “earn and burn” alternatives for members, in addition to different advantages. The airways’ vacation spot administration groups will even collaborate to encourage reciprocal inbound tourism to Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv. Neither El Al nor Etihad belongs to any worldwide aviation alliance involving airline loyalty schemes, however whereas in El Al’s case that is for political causes, Etihad, and Emirates, function impartial schemes out of selection.
“Following EL AL’s historic flight to Abu Dhabi, the primary ever flight between Israel and the UAE, this MOU is the muse of what we envision can be a robust ongoing relationship between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv. We stay up for analyzing methods wherein the 2 flag carriers – Etihad and EL AL – can work extra carefully collectively to enhance enterprise operations and improve the expertise for our visitors,” Douglas mentioned.
“Following the normalization of diplomatic relations between Israel and the UAE, now we have been supplied an incredible alternative to look at the opportunity of cooperation with Etihad Airways,” mentioned Usishkin. “This MOU is simply the beginning and we imagine that collectively, the 2 flag carriers will have the ability to present our mutual clients with the absolute best product and repair. Already, the frequent targets now we have outlined converse for the success of our future cooperation.”
This week, Etihad Airways introduced its intention of beginning each day providers between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv from March 28, 2021, coinciding with the Passover vacation. El Al has not but introduced an official beginning date for providers to the UAE, though it’s working constitution flights. Israir is because of launch its service to Dubai on December 2, whereas the third Israeli airline, Arkia, will accomplish that two weeks later. Israir has utilized for permission to supply service between Dubai and Bahrain, with the intention of providing mixed journeys to the 2 international locations. Israir will launch its Bahrain route on January 31, 2021.
Revealed by Globes, Israel enterprise information – en.globes.co.il – on November 19, 2020
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