Etihad Airways and Gulf Air the national airline of the UAE and the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain respectively have signed a Strategic Commercial Cooperation Agreement (SCCA) to strengthen their partnership.
This Strategic Commercial Cooperation Agreement was signed by Tony Douglas, group CEO of Etihad Aviation Group, and Captain Waleed AlAlawi, Gulf Air’s acting CEO.
This agreement is way which step-by-step approach to increasing cooperation between the both parties. In the 1st phase, set to end in June 2021, the scope of the codeshare agreement signed in 2019 will witness further expansion. With Etihad and Gulf Air offering up to 35 additional destinations beyond Abu Dhabi and Manama, across the Middle-East,Africa,Asia, Europe.
Both companies work together to improve joint operations on the Abu Dhabi-Bahrain route and on the Al-Wasl network through headquarters. The agreement will also issue more benefits to distinguished guests from the Etihad Guest and Falconflyer programs. Which includes the use of carriers’ lounges at airports and alot more services throughout the one’s journey.
The Emirates has already made a large investment in Bahrain’s aviation sector, with the Abu Dhabi Fund. For Development providing $1 billion to build a new passenger terminal which opened previous month.
Tony Douglas said: “This agreement reinforces the power of the ongoing partnership between our 2 airlines. We also look ahead to exploring pragmatic ways in which the two carriers can increasingly work seamlessly between our two capitals, enhance benefits and customer experience for our most frequent travelers. And further extend the reach of our joint networks beyond our hubs.”
Captain AlAlawi said: “Our relationship with Etihad Airways has always been strong. And today we are reaching another level of collaboration with many more opportunities on the horizon. Which is between the national carriers of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. This agreement will empower each of us to offer a more elevated experience to passengers and widen their travel options.”