Lahore: Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, today announced its purchase of a stake in Air Berlin, a deal which brings to 269 the total number of destinations it serves, either directly or with partner airlines.
As part of its deal with Air Berlin, Etihad Airways will sign codeshare agreements with the Air Berlin group for all European activities including NIKI, the Austrian airline and Belair, the Swiss airline.
Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer James Hogan said: “Today more than ever, it is vital to think differently in this industry. The number of codeshare partners Etihad Airways has, and the number of destinations it is now able to serve, is a point of marked differentiation.
“The Gulf is increasingly the centre of the world in terms of aviation, and we are happy that with one booking we are able, either directly or with codeshare partners, to allow our guests to take full advantage of this geography. We will continue to look to strike codeshare agreements with carriers around the world where we feel it is to the advantage of our guests.”
With daily flights to Abu Dhabi from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, Pakistani travellers can visit this magnificent location with ease. Currently, Etihad Airways operates flights from Abu Dhabi to Düsseldorf on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
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