Etihad is to codeshare on the new Air Seychelles service to Hong Kong that is due to start in February next year.
Air Seychelles is one of Etihad’s partner airlines, with the Abu Dhabi carrier holding a 40% stake. Air Seychelles will operate a three weekly return services via Abu Dhabi operated by an Airbus A300-200.
The new codeshare expands Etihad Airways’ network in Greater China, following the launch of services to Beijing in March 2008, to Chengdu in December 2011, and Shanghai in March this year.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “With our 40 per cent equity stake in Air Seychelles, it makes strong commercial sense for us to work together on opportunities where cooperation is possible. The resulting synergies bring about significant efficiency benefits for both Etihad Airways and Air Seychelles,” Hogan added.