Etihad Airways and EL AL Israel Airlines, the country’s national carrier, has developed a codeshare network and a reciprocal loyalty programme for frequent travellers.

This expands on the airlines’ 2020 memorandum of understanding, which came after the UAE and Israel signed the Abraham Accords.

This Memorandum of Understanding also stated goals for further business cooperation in cargo, engineering, loyalty, destination management, and the most efficient use of pilot and cabin crew training facilities. Both airlines’ engineering and cargo divisions were expected to meet to examine ways to work together more closely. Optimising MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul) opportunities, as well as strategies to boost the volume of freighter traffic flowing into and out of Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv, and also across the airlines’ combined networks, will be among these.

EL AL will add its ‘LY’ code to Etihad’s existing twice weekly service between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv, and tickets will be available for sale for flights from July 18th.

From August 1st, this new agreement will expand beyond Etihad’s Abu Dhabi hub to include destinations in Australia, Bahrain, India, Korea, Philippines, and Seychelles.

By adding its ‘EY’ code to EL AL flights in the next phase of the codeshare agreement, Etihad will offer customers an additional 14 destinations spanning the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and the United States, subject to securing appropriate governmental and regulatory approvals.

Tony Douglas, Etihad Aviation Group’s group chief executive officer, said: “We are very pleased to be able to announce the launch of our codeshare and frequent flyer partnership with El Al.

“This partnership will provide additional choice and connectivity for both carriers’ guests, and a range of benefits for frequent travellers between and beyond our respective hubs in Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv.”

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