After a lot of speculation about a future partnership between Aer Lingus and Etihad, today they have made things official and announced a new code-share and interline agreement to commence for the Q3 this year.
Aer Lingus to share flights with Ethiad Airways in new commercial agreement
AER Lingus today announced that it has reached commercial agreement with Etihad Airways regarding interline and code-share arrangements.
Aer Lingus will cooperate with Etihad Airways on flights between Abu Dhabi and Dublin and have full access to flights across the network beyond Abu Dhabi, to points including Australia , Asia-Pacific, the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East.
In addition, Etihad will cooperate with Aer Lingus on services to a total of 18 destinations, including Dublin to New York, Boston, London Heathrow , Amsterdam, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Lisbon.
The interline and code-share arrangements will commence during the third quarter of 2012 and will further enhance the already wide range of destinations and travel opportunities available to customers booking on aerlingus.com, the company said.
Etihad and Aer Lingus continue to discuss additional commercial and cost opportunities to develop a closer working relationship in areas such as joint procurement.