Etihad Airways and Aer Lingus codeshare gains US regulatory approval

By Victoria April 10, 2013 11:01

Etihad Airways and Aer Lingus codeshare gains US regulatory approval


Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has received approval from the United States (US) Department of Transportation to put its ‘EY’ flight code on Aer Lingus’ transatlantic services out of Dublin, Ireland.


Etihad Airways will now offer ten weekly codeshare flights via Dublin to Boston, eight to Chicago, 12 to New York.


One of the unique advantages of the new transatlantic codeshare services to both New York and Chicago will be the ability to pre-clear US Customs and Border Protection in Dublin, meaning Etihad Airways’ guests will effectively arrive into the US as domestic passengers.


US regulatory approval follows last July’s announcement of a historic interline and codeshare agreement between the respective national carriers.


Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said:  “Our strategic partnership with Aer Lingus continues to flourish and, as a result of US regulatory approval for transatlantic services, air travellers in the UAE and beyond now have greater access to the American market via Dublin.


“Enhancing connectivity, making the journey easier and more enjoyable, increasing choice, and seamlessly integrating our operations with those of codeshare partners underpin our strategy for building our global network.”


Stephen Kavanagh, Aer Lingus’ Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Customers connecting from Etihad Airways’ network onto Aer Lingus flights at Dublin will enjoy a seamless transfer and will be able to avail of Dublin’s US pre-clearance facilities. We look forward to welcoming Etihad Airways’ customers on board our transatlantic flights.”


Etihad Airways already places its ‘EY’ flight code on Aer Lingus flights between Dublin and Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Kerry, Lisbon, London Heathrow, Manchester and Stockholm.  In addition, the airline offers codeshare flights on Aer Lingus services from London and Manchester to Dublin, Cork and Shannon, from London to Belfast and from Cork to Amsterdam.


In return, Aer Lingus has placed its ‘EI’ flight code on services operated by Etihad Airways between Abu Dhabi and Dublin, Bahrain, Kuala Lumpur, London, Manchester, Melbourne, Muscat and Sydney.


Etihad Airways and Aer Lingus continue to discuss additional commercial and cost opportunities.


Etihad Airways holds a 2.987 per cent equity stake in Aer Lingus.

By Victoria April 10, 2013 11:01
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