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Etihad Airways and China Eastern Airlines sign ‘milestone’ strategic cooperation

Etihad Airways and China Eastern Airlines are strengthening their partnership with the signing of a strategic cooperation agreement to enhance commercial and operational ties.

Etihad Airways and China Eastern Airlines are strengthening their partnership with the signing of a strategic cooperation agreement to enhance commercial and operational ties.

It will lead to providing travellers with wider choices, higher quality services and increased value, while contributing to sustainable aviation.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) builds on the airlines’ existing partnership as they plan to implement a broad collaboration including an expanded codeshare, reciprocal loyalty programmes, cargo transport, MRO, ground handling, catering, lounge access, staff training, and several sustainability initiatives.

The agreement should facilitate China Eastern Airlines’ ambition to begin services to Abu Dhabi through its discussions with Abu Dhabi Airports, the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi, and other key stakeholders in the UAE capital.

It is hoped that a combination of Etihad Airways and China Eastern Airlines services, which would coincide with the newly opened Terminal A at Abu Dhabi International Airport, will create a robust platform for China-UAE air traffic and establish an ideal launchpad for connections between China, the Middle East, and Africa.

Antonoaldo Neves, chief executive of Etihad Airways, said: “This MoU is an important milestone and a key to establishing a long-term mutually beneficial cooperation.

“I am highly encouraged by the momentum of our cooperation, and I look forward to seeing further success.

“It also marks a significant development of the direct links between Abu Dhabi and China and underscores the confidence of one of the most influential Chinese carriers in Etihad.

“The MoU paves the way for an agreement that will boost Abu Dhabi’s economic development, as well as supporting China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative.”

Li Yangmin, president of China Eastern Airlines Group, said: “The connection between China Eastern’s Shanghai hub and Etihad’s network through Abu Dhabi will significantly enhance our footprint in the Middle East and Africa.

“It supports our commitment to the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and the ‘Aerial Silk Road,’ stimulating economic, trade and cultural exchanges between China and partner countries.”

His Excellency Hussain Al Hammadi, the UAE ambassador to China, said: “In a remarkable testament to strengthened collaboration, our partnership goes beyond operational enhancements, emphasising the promotion of extensive people-to-people exchanges.

“We eagerly anticipate welcoming a surge of Chinese tourists to the UAE, inviting them to immerse themselves in our nation’s unique culture.”

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